Everybody has been talking about how zen it is and I've been thinking, "Gee, I don't feel this zen thing. I wonder what the heck I'm missing out on."
First, let's take a look at what zen's about. Surfing around, there are a lot of different and poetic answers but it seems that it boils down to this: zen is being in the moment. Not thinking about what you're doing, just doing it.
I think I'm absolutely still having thoughts, like the kind where a bunch of words are strung together in a sentence. I also think that it's a great way to practise to put other senses ahead of sight, which adds a dimension to learning archery. When body memory kicks in, then I guess you feel zen. All of the practise we're doing - eyes closed or open - is getting us closer to that point.
On the other hand, I may not notice the zen feeling because I find it pretty easy to lose myself in the moment. I suspect my mind is best suited for focussing on one task at a time.
Now, I've heard of this book called "Zen in the Art of Archery." There's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and I guess a bunch of other "Zen and ___" titles. When I was scouting around to find out about zen, it came to my attention that "Zen in the Art of Archery" is a way older book than I would have thought. 1940s, actually. Not a period I associate with archery, so I'm pretty curious about this. Although, I'm not sure I want to read it because, um, I'm not sure zen's what I'm looking for.
I guess I feel a little bittersweet about zen. I like the learning. I like putting the pieces together. It's really weird to think about a point when it has all jelled. All the zooming forward will be over then.
I can push it outta my mind but then I'll be zen about being zen. Brain hurts now.