How to capture and define your system’s own unique waveform

Last week’s pantless adventure has had a curious effect. I’m seeing the world differently, and I love it! I feel my cognitive paradigm shifting; the world around me is suddenly bursting with possibilities. I recognize this freedom from childhood, but I am very much an adult, and by definition must commit to an internal framework or risk losing whatever I try to build – only by knowing the tides can one place one’s castle with confidence. Sigh…beaches, even metaphorical ones, seem a long way off on this icy January night.

A slip of moon shimmers above the frosted sidewalk. Standing at the bus stop, I rate my little path of footprints. I feel a bit ashamed, they’re duck toed and should be straighter. Ms J would be incensed! And according to an article I read who-knows-where, my steps are too far apart. I wonder if my stride is consistent? I know how to test it. I walk the same stretch while matching up the toes. Sure enough, it’s the same.

The cold air catches in my throat – a pattern is emerging in the frost. The sidewalk becomes an oscilloscope, and I can’t resist filling in the waveform. I don’t care if I look silly. This is fun! My duck toed shame disappears; I am alone with my own individual waveform. It is unique, personal – any judgment is gone. I’ve mapped a key feature of my body system, and seeing it exposed on the sidewalk gives me a private thrill. I don’t want to give up this new freedom of perception, of creation, but am I brave enough to take the next step? Can I really commit to Blank Canvas Living as my internal framework?

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4 thoughts on “How to capture and define your system’s own unique waveform

    • Thank you David! I can’t help wondering what one of the old coureurs de bois trackers would say about my bus stop waveform… “Oooooo (loose translation) and here we have an increasingly rare species, a biped waiting for public transportation without any form of electronic entertainment!”

  1. really liked this post – Varela writes of laying down a path in walking….to turn around and see our footsteps mark our presence and its passing, is amazing. when we take the time to notice our footsteps, and the footprint we have in life….

  2. … and it’s equally amazing when someone “takes the time” to engage with an idea, and then by commenting, transform the concept into a dialogue ripe with potential for new joint discoveries!

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