WHERE: In the living room of my apartment in Portland, ME
FORMAT: Blu-Ray on a Vizio 32″ LED HDTV
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Calm.
I’ve hit my limit. I no longer want to watch Back to the the Future. I’ve seen it 31 times this year, and I am not looking forward to the other 21 viewings that are required of me for this experiment. As far I’m concerned, I’ve had my fill.
This again? I’m not hungry.
And yet, I must proceed. So, desperately seeking a way to pay attention for today’s viewing, I thought I would try meditation.
While I’ve previously mocked such things in the past, I realized that meditation might be just the key to experiencing the film with new eyes. As I understand it (explained to me in college by an attractive coed I was hoping to make out with), you’re supposed to get comfortable, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, pick something to focus on like music or an attractive coed you were hoping to make out with, and clear your mind of all thoughts. When an idea enters your mind, you simply push it out again and return to the object of your focus.
“Hey! No thoughts.”
So, that’s what I did. Eyes forward, fixed on the screen, no notebook or any attempt to remember new revelations about the film, breathe, breathe, breathe. Oh, I was terrible at it. I got about 40 ideas for more articles, but they’re gone now, which I suppose is good, because they’ll come back if they were really worth remembering. I guess. I recall only looking away from the TV once, to glance over at my DVD shelf. At this point, my own eyes are protesting my decisions and looking for something else to watch.
Still, I made it all the way to the end, and you know what? It was… nice.