Andrew Furst

Races – Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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Races A tasteless hum. Like the potential of under ripe cherries fluttering in my heart. A veil is lifted in the heat of it. Illustrious champions emerge from a messy cacophony of chance and determination. We all try, projecting our metaphors onto the course, uncovering and losing meanings. Foremost we entertain. Like a carpenter, whose craft with file and saw is lost on the child whose keepsakes are contained in their furniture. There is some division between us that transmutes pleasures and meanings. We’d do well to walk its line…read more

Meaningless? – Say What?

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Meaningless? If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Say What?  is an ongoing series of laconic exchanges on Buddhism in the format of a comic strip.  Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Indian Summer – Compass Songs

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Indian Summer by Diane Glancy There’s a farm auction up the road. Wind has its bid in for the leaves. Already bugs flurry the headlights between cornfields at night. If this world were permanent, I could dance full as the squaw dress on the clothesline. I would not see winter in the square of white yard-light on the wall. But something tugs at me. The world is at a loss and I am part of it migrating daily. Everything is up for grabs like a box of farm tools broken…read more

Tell Me A Story

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Tell Me A Story is a an ongoing series of lightening story prompts. The rules are simple Set a timer for 5 minutes Read or view the prompt In the comments section below write a short story, poem, or rant as you are moved in the moment Prompt: See the photo above

Who Are You? – Dialectic Two Step

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Estimated reading time: 15 minute(s) Who Are You? Who are you? It’s a perfectly reasonable question.  You’d expect a straightforward answer.  On the surface its abundantly clear.  In a single gesture the answer is apparent. You point to yourself and the conversation is over.  But, ask a philosopher or a priest, and suddenly, things get complicated.  The Buddha even contributed to the morass.  So what’s all the fuss? Dualism is a complicated, roundly rejected philosophical idea.  It is also one of the most entrenched ideas in the world.  Its a compelling…read more

Fluidity – A Five Minute Meditation

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Fluidity The detail of the world is obscured by our heterophenomenology*, that is our beliefs about the world which are independent of the truth about the world.  To me mental illness is a great teacher in this regard.  Experiencing the symptoms of depression tell me that my story about myself, my view of the world, is not entirely related to my actual state of wellness or disease.  The symptoms appear unrelated to my perceived moods, stressors, or antecedents.  There seems to be a failure in cause and effect if I take my…read more