|Neb 06, 2009|
|Neb 07, 2009|
This morning I must have listened to a track named Stars by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois at least five times, maybe more. It's essentially an abstract soundscape taken from an album from 1983 called Apollo: Atmospheres and Sountracks. Beautifully amorphous and peaceful - it's music that doesn't come to a point, no progressions or counterpoint. It's music that simply is, more spatial than narrative. This is a quality I also love about some traditional Asian musical genres like gagaku.
For a few years I made drawings inspired by nebulae. I lightly touched black paper with colored pencils until hazes started to appear. Some hazes started to concentrate in areas and formed saturated points. I named all of these drawings neb.
|Heian Koh from Kunmeido|
I started to meditate while listening to Stars this morning. I rarely listen to music when I meditate, I find it distracting but formless soundscapes sometimes help me. I burned the Heian Koh incense from Kunmeido. A very dry smell that reminds me of the pine incense I used to buy at the Bread and Circus Health food store in Providence when I was in college. Rosie jumped on my lap while I meditated. One would think that perhaps she was seeking comfort while the intense Santa Ana winds dramatically bended the trees outside. But she often jumps into my lap when I meditate, wind or no wind.
I understand that historically pugs were raised to keep Buddhist monks company. At this point their brains are hardwired into thinking 'if I see someone meditating, sit on him'.