Back to the front & Thoughts on thoughts

Still trying to get the armpits to open…


Thought is like a snowball. The longer you live, the more it melts.

– Rod Steiger

Wittgenstein, who had received extensive training in music, would not listen to any composer later than Brahms, [and] was indifferent to, if not openly hostile toward, his poetic contemporaries… In an impulsive act of legendary generosity, he bequeathed, in 1914, one hundred thousand kronen (roughly the equivalent of one hundred thousand dollars today) to Ludwig von Ficker, the editor of the literary magazine Der Brenner, instructing Ficker to distribute the money ‘among Austrian artists who are without means.’ But of the three main beneficiaries — Rilke, Trakl, and Carl Dallago — Rilke was the only poet with whose work Wittgenstein was at all familiar… When Ficker sent him a posthumously published edition of Trakl’s works, Wittgenstein’s only comment was that they were ‘probably very good’ but that, just now, he had ‘no desire to assimilate foreign thoughts.’

Wittgenstein’s Ladder, by Marjorie Perloff

There is nothing which can be said or made evident. There is just the omnipresent voidness of the real self-existent Nature of everything, and no more. Therefore, saying that there is no Dharma to be explained in words is called preaching the Dharma.

– Huang Po


7 Responses

  1. the shoulders look great, karen! very nice bend!

  2. That looks really good, Karen. Is that helpful? (I assume it is) I have never done it that way before – just put my hands on the floor at the wall and press up. There seems to be so much one can do to open the shoulders, and yet, mine don’t open up ….

  3. I’m not sure yet if it’s helpful, Lauren. I am pretty disconnected from my shoulders — so it’s hard for me to understand how they work. I imagine it’ll come clear as I go. This was an idea, though, because I wondered if I could subtract the stress of pushing up through my arms and just go for the opening in the shoulders. It also reproduces some of what my teacher used to do for me in kapotasana (i.e., push my elbows back). I’ll post more if it seems like this is a useful exercise.

  4. I think we probably suffer from the same problem, having read some other stuff you wrote about lifting your arms when you first started practicing. It’s not easy for me either, never has been. I see huge changes from five years ago, but not nearly where I wish I could be at…ah, ego. I think you are head and shoulders ahead of me…haha, so I will keep watching to see what happens….lauren

  5. I tried the little exercise in my video again this morning, and it seems to be doing something. It’s always such a lesson in patience, waiting to gain sensibility in those areas that are kind of numb and tight. Kind of like when you first start supta kurmasana — it seems like there’s no room to move. And then after a while, there’s a little space. And then a little more… 🙂

  6. that’s some great sweat. nice work

  7. LOL! I thought “that’s some great sweat” was a figure of speech, but then I realized you mistook the uneven dye pattern on my shirt for sweat. Nope! Can’t take credit for that. I’m not much of a sweat-er at all, I’m afraid. I will have to make a point to wear that shirt more often, now that I realize how it looks…

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