Zen Spot #1 -- Mindfulness, meditation and the quiet chaos outside a school January 28, 2015 00:32

Zen Spot series

As we walk through life, there are times when we stop, either spontaneously or because an obstacle has been put in our way, and we are overcome with a sense of being centered and in the moment. Sometimes the experience takes place when the surrounding world is quiet and calm. Other times, a crowded highway or an urban market provide the context. Either way, the opportunity for meditation and mindfulness is presented.  

The Zen Spot series is an ongoing collection of images and descriptions of the places and times I've experienced the type of mindfulness described above. In most cases, the physical spots are found in Philadelphia because, well, that's where I live. As I travel, I'm sure I'll find more. Be assured that I will share them.

Wissahickon Charter School

The image above greets every visitor to this amazing school. I was invited to visit by a friend as part of a fundraiser. At the time, I didn't have the ability to offer financial support. In fact, the school offered much more to me during my visit than I could offer in return. 

Like all schools, the artwork of the students is brilliant and telling. Love and struggle were evident. I took the photo of the artwork shown above as I was leaving. The school, itself, sits adjacent to a highway and is housed in an old industrial building. The contrast between the love demonstrated inside and the cacophony outside provided an unexpected stillness. 

Since the school houses young children who need to be protected, I am not encouraging a visit without permission from the administrators.

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  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

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  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

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