03 April 2016


Morning meditation
is like a gong

If you truly sound
the note of your being

It will reverberate 
all the day true. 

Since I wrote this I have been thinking about getting a gong. It would be lovely to sound each morning, although my neighbours may not agree. For a long time I wanted to live in the country on a few acres but eventually decided the idea was impractical. Now I am thinking if I did I could play a massive gong at dawn. I would build a pavilion for it called the Pavillion of the Golden Life. Actually, I was surprised to learn that massive gongs are expensive, like $40,000 expensive! 

Nearly every day I look forward to returning home and playing flute for an hour or two. Again, I stop by 8pm for the neighbour's sakes. On the weekends I sometimes have to wait a few hours to start playing so it's not too early, but close to sunset and dusk is my favourite time to play anyway. Generally I improvise with my favourite songs, although just playing with the silence I enjoy too. That is why sunset is the best, the birds like to sing then. Sometimes they play in the yard a lot at dusk; usually Pied Currawongs. Of course, the end of daylight savings means it will be dark when I get home until spring returns. 

I decided my dream job would let me play flute, as an aid to thinking and improved communication, whenever I felt the urge. I thought of this because I am watching Better Call Saul. The main character gets a job in a law firm and one of the partners has a guitar he likes to strum a little in his office to, "...blow off steam." When Jimmy wants to get fired -because he will have to repay his bonus if he quits- he decides to copy his colleague, but with bagpipes! (A successful strategy need I add?) I did really like this show, even though I haven't watched Breaking Bad, but halfway through season two it is starting to maunder, so we'll see. 

My shakuhachi is getting less use than I like because I am following the care instructions to the letter. This means a plastic bag and case when not in use to prevent the the bamboo from cracking. Perhaps I am paranoid because it was so expensive, but without it being easy access, I'm not playing it much at all. In contrast, I never put my flute away unless I'm taking it somewhere. However, it's clearly time to focus on enjoying it rather than worrying about it. The embouchure between flute and shakuhachi is quite different so it's a fun challenge switching between them. 

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