Hard Day

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… a day when the slightest imperfection, in myself or my environment, starts to feel intolerable; when, once home, I find myself attempting to do everything — from pouring water into a mug and drinking from the mug to plugging in my iPhone’s charger cable and attaching it to my iPhone to spreading almond butter on carrot sticks and eating the almond-buttered sticks — with the slowness, deliberation, and concentration of Thích Nhất Hạnh practicing mindfulness movement … seeking inner calm … acceptance of the way things are in all their imperfection …

… or does the way I’m performing such movement lack an essential degree of inner calm and border on a control-freakish obsession with not wanting to create any further imperfection … ?

Infernal IA

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Returning to the personal and entirely quotidian, the infernal itching has once again made what has recently become its regular morning visit, at and/or shortly following my wake up time, to my anus!

Ok, “infernal” is putting it hyperbolically at this point, but I fear it could become so, thereby disrupting whatever useful focus I might otherwise be able to devote to matters of importance, such as the basic sustainability of human life on this planet, so I believe I can make a cogent argument, indeed, for trying to nip this problem in the bud, or butt crack, before it gets worse.

Now wearing boxers when I sleep, thereby substantially reducing, I would think, skeeters making their way to my butt crack, so what gives?

Googling “itchy anus” plus “symptom of?” the top result appears at embarassingproblems.com, which lists possible causes ranging from washing too much or not enough to “leakage of faeces” (or “feces” – seems to be a British site) to piles to wet wipes to fungal infections to STDs to pinworms to, even, pleasure (“It is worth asking yourself,” suggests the site, “whether you are deriving a perverse, almost erotic, pain/pleasure from scratching the itchy area, which is keeping the irritation going.”  Certainly not the case for me.).

Whatever the cause, I shall follow assiduously various of the listed “How you can help yourself” actions, including proper washing procedures, soaps, etc.

IA, begone!

Focus

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Must focus on writing this morning — no evasions!

Focus

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… just focus … on breathing … healing energy …

Preparation

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Footsteps of people going by on the street outside … sound of a jet flying overhead … ensconced in my writer’s cave (my apartment has no windows save a handful of small, frosted ones — wafers of filtered light), I shut off the Internet, un-display my computer’s clock, and try to get into the zone, enter the realm of the short story I’m working on …