Zen in the Art of Archary

As I sat around thinking of how I could answer this question, I realized that I had never experienced the feeling where I lost my ordinary sense of self-consciousness that Eugen Herrigel describes.I can come up with numerous occurrences in my life where I lost track of time, but not the loss of self-consciousness as well.I would imagine it must take vigorous training to learn this skill of such magnitude.Of course there are instances when I have become very relaxed where I just think to myself and lose track of my surroundings.However, to me this state of mind is more of a daydream state, which everyone has.It is still very far from losing your self-consciousness, because even with that feeling I can still say that I am thinking in terms of "I" and not in terms if "IT".I cant say that I have ever felt this outside force of "IT" that Eugen mentions.Nevertheless, the closest occurrence I can think of is when reading a book, in which I am very interested.When I get into this state of mind I began to truly enjoy the experience, doing so with extreme focus on the text. This is the best example I can supply that contributes to a very concentrated state of mind.The book example came to mind because I felt there were similarities in the activities that led to the Zen state that Herrigel explained.When indulging in a great book I can feel myself getting caught up with every word, and hanging on to every little detail.I can read a textbook and have minutes feel as hours.When reading a great book time can just fly away, and I can feel myself becoming one with the book, where its no longer me reading but experiencing the words.I also feel this book example can relate to Eugen since he as well had to exemplify great focus in his breathing and in his form.However, I feel that it does not relate because, when reading a book, there is no need for me to achieve a purposeless


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