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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sure, You Can Meditate in a Bar Like Bourbon & Branch -- But Only in Moderation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM


If you are a fan of unpretentiousness, you will not like Bourbon and Branch. First of all, you need a password to get in (in theory; all the times I have gone there, I have simply walked in. And the password was the same forever, it seemed: "Books.") 

On this last visit, when I was on a higher plane, I merely shuffled in with a group of people who did my dirty work for me. It now takes reservations, which, of course, ups the snob appeal. I ditched the patsies and was lucky enough to get a seat at the bar.

The joint is still beautiful. It is incredibly dark and has a spectacular chandelier. It is still a great place to fall madly in love with the rich man you are on a date with.

Bourbon and Branch was crowded and hot, even muggy. I ordered a virgin fruity thing. I needed to keep my edge if I was going to meditate. As usual, it took about 15 minutes for the bartender to make the drink, because he had to squeeze, muddle, press, and separate. I took the time to get into my zone. Tolle says we should close our eyes and say to ourselves, "I wonder what my next thought will be?" We should sit there and watch for the thought, like a cat waiting for a mouse to emerge from a hole. Go ahead, gentle reader; try it. See how long it takes for a thought to show up. I will wait.

If you are like me, it took a long time for any thought to appear. Congratulations: You have just existed outside of your mind and in the state of collective consciousness. This meant, for me, that I was at one with the woman behind me with the visible thong line, the businessmen who had loosened their ties, and the guy who had pulled his cellphone out, only to have a waitress admonish him. Cellphones are not allowed at Bourbon and Branch. It was of no matter, though, because it is all an illusion anyway.

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