Sounds, smells, and bright flashes carry me into the sharpness of my senses.
Alan Watts wrote,
the moon is fleet while branches clasp to the rain -Matsuo Bashō (1644-94)
In Zen a man has no mind apart from what he knows and sees.I notice my mind begins floating on the sounds of water. Water is not aware of the passing of the night, or of itself.
Water flows with purpose around obstacles. It has no commentary, no forethought, only purpose. Rain flows in a course like our deepest and most lasting knowledge is confined by experience.
the long night; the sound of water says what I think -Gochiku (1699-1781)
We are often flooded by forethought or inundated by memories. Yet when an earthworm surfaces after a rain to move overland, it has no forethought of air travel. An earthworm never knows it will be plucked from the ground by a robin to be flown off to feed her hungry brood.
spring day; evening remains in pools -Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)
- The Way of Zen, Alan Watts.
- Haiku Japanese to English translations.