Like a child who one year returns to the seaside to find he is no longer interested in building sand castles, I find that I've lost interest in _____.
This toddler on a leash at the mall
might be an unstoppable killing machine.
You really don't know.
children chase the music
of an ice cream truck
- Meik Blöttenberger
A famous Zen poem reads:
The old Pond. A frog jumps in. Plop
This is a wonderful description of bare attention. The poet, Basho, goes directly to the essence of his experience: the pond, frog, plop. We can say that in meditation we are developing plop mind. We are stripping away everything that is extraneous to our immediate experience and simply being present with what is happening. This is bare attention: direct, essential, non-interfering.
- Joseph Goldstein