Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Was T.S. Eliot Inspired by "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"?

Feeling the blogging itch; but after my retreat at Insight Meditation Society, I am so backed up with W*o*R*k! there's little time to post.

Here's what I got:

This quotation from T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets ("Burnt Norton" section V) feels like it was scooped from the air in the IMS meditation hall:  

Words move, music moves
Only in time: but that which is only living
Can only die.  Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

On a practical level, this translates into an interesting observation: When people do walking meditation very slowly, they look like the zombified actors in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  It was a little distracting at first.  Of course, rather than being taken over by aliens, my fellow meditators were becoming more fully themselves.
This lady is either close to Nirvana or she's in big trouble.


Catherine Stine said...

I like the idea of walking meditation, but yeah, the visual it brings to mind IS pretty amusing!

HelenQP said...

If only there'd been a hidden camera...