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The third mind

posted by ebean

Great article about India, Asia, yoga, the west, art…

[originally published feb 2 by “Embodied Movement“]


“LET EVERYBODY IN THE CITY THINK OF THE WORD ‘YES’ AT THE SAME TIME FOR 30 SECONDS. DO IT OFTEN.” –YOKO ONO, EXCERPT FROM “LET’S PIECE I” (1960)

My generation is under the delusion that we are madly original. Such hubris! Wandering around the spiraling ramp leading through the Guggenheim’s latest exhibit, “The Third Mind,” I was appalled at how little I knew about the history of how Asia infiltrated into the American psyche, impacting art, literature, music, and philosophical concepts. I am teaching yoga, and yet, I have no idea about how yoga has come to be an “acceptable” – and well-known – tradition. This is due, in part, to the fact that yoga is a largely oral tradition. The term is also used in a broad sense to mean a whole host of things that elicit various translations such as union, yoke, really intense physical exercise in a 100 degree room, relaxation, meditation, boring, breathing and movement, India, exotic, etc.  read more

a camel through through the eye of a needle…

posted by lalabean

Nothing is Impossible!  An artist creates “Horton Hears a Who”-esque worlds/characters in the eye of a needle, then sells his collected works for 20 million dollars to a private collector…

Mental richness should be worried just a physical richness. Didn’t Christ say that it was like a camel trying to pass through a needle hole, for John Cage to go to heaven? I think it is nice to abandon what you have as much as possible, as many mental possessions as the physical ones, as they clutter your mind. It is nice to maintain poverty of environment, sound, thinking and belief. It is nice to keep oneself small like a grain of rice instead of expanding and make yourself dispensable like paper. See little, hear little, and think little.

~ YOKO ONO ~

Although I suppose the situation is ironic, considering that Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24. Similar verses are in Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25).