Zen makes more sense to me than anything else. I wondered what those beads were in David Peters hands and why he had them. But questions for this video had been disabled on you tube. I like David Peters a lot. I thought he would make a good Zen teacher. But I can't find him anyplace on the internet. This is fitting because I think the goal of a zen teacher (zen teachers, please forgive my "talk" of a goal) is to not need a teacher. I think in this map is not the territory way of thinking/or not thinking - maybe having an Anchor has to be enough beside a practice of meditation such as is outlined in this video. So I went and got a Franciscan rosary I had and decided to keep it in my pocket as an Anchor when I needed a symbol of this only spirituality/or not spirituality that makes sense to me.
What I'm Thinking
Wondering if this would work (my goal is to be free of suffering - insofar as I have a goal) if you just kept an Anchor (in my case my Franciscan Rosary - what I happened to have around the house which symbolizes the spirituality I want in my life to "help me through the night" as the Lennon song goes) in your pocket and everytime you needed it just fingered the beads and said to the disturbing stimulus where you needed or wanted some spirituality to cope with it - What is this? Don't know (say this to get out of our suffering laden conceptual/map is the territory mind).
I'm not much at sitting and meditating. So I'm wondering if this kind of lived meditation - would work - and I could only do 5 minutes or so of the meditation outlined by David Peters when I wanted to.
In a Zen type world, I think, there are no rules/commandments. That's, at least, what I think. Rules/words/maps - are an ego invention, at least, that's what I think.
What I Did
What I did to create an Anchor for my "What is this?" - "Don't know" - throughout the day lived meditation to use when I wanted to/when a troubling stimulus is encountered/or maybe eventually even perceived good stimulus - is to cut off a piece of my around the house Franciscan Rosary. I threw away the rest. I did this so the Anchor would be less conceptual tied to notions of Christianity/spirituality. Now this small group of beads is what I will keep in my pocket as an Anchor of the David Peters - What is this? - Don't know - zen meditation which I have given my own spin to.
Now, in a sense, it is an ongoing prayer to nonconceptual living without suffering.
P.S. - It is working already - just knowing that there is a way to free myself, if only temporarily, from my own conceptions - I want this to be this way, I want, I want, not having this is this... - makes me have less suffering.
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