‘Every time you get lost in some train of thought, your posture will change according to that train of thought. So when you notice that you’ve been thinking about something during zazen, check your posture. You’ll see that something has gone astray. Maybe your shoulders are rising up. Maybe your head is tilted at a funny angle. Maybe your back is curving or the mudra shape you’re making with your hands has gotten weirdly out of kilter. Whatever it is may be subtle, but I guarantee you’ll find something wrong with your posture. Fix that, and continue sitting. When it happens again two seconds later, fix it again. Repeat as necessary.’ (Posted on Hardcore Zen)
I always enjoy reading what Brad has to say, even if I don’t always agree with him. I definitely agreed with this post, and especially the above observation, from my own hours of experience at Tassajara, where it gets a little easier to tune into the more subtle shifts. I also learned something about the Fukanzazengi, which helps open up the idea of ‘think of not-thinking’; I have memories of discussions about the radicalness of Dogen’s notions of zazen as objectless meditation rather than meditation as cogitation or rumination, and this appears to back that up.