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

Zen Spot series

There are times when I stop, either spontaneously or when confronted with an obstacle, and I'm overcome with a sense of centeredness. Occurrences are unpredictable and welcomed. Sometimes the experience takes place when the surrounding world is quiet and calm. At other times, a crowded highway or an urban market provide the context. 

Wissahickon Charter School

Every visitor is welcomed by the mural shown above. I was welcomed following an invitation to visit a fundraiser to support the curriculum. At the time, I had the ability to offer only a little financial support. In fact, the school offered much more to me than I could offer in return. The invitation provided centeredness. The financial obstacle offered centeredness.

Like all schools, the student's artwork was brilliant and telling. Love and struggle were evident. I took the photo of the mural as I was leaving. Housed in an old industrial building, the school sits adjacent to a loud, busy highway. The contrast between the love demonstrated inside and the cacophony outside combined to create an unexpected stillness.

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The Zen Spot series will be an ongoing collection of images and essays about my search for mindfulness. The journey begins.

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About DharmaMechanic

An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among 600 he has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read more about an individual wheel or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

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