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Response Paper 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
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