Zen Spot #5 -- Mindfulness, meditation and blessing thousands of books March 19, 2015 07:31
Bookstores possess an unusual quiet conducive to meditation. The Book Trader's quiet, in the Olde City section of Philadelphia, is unusually full. Distant music filters throughout like water across rocks. Pages rustle and sing the unmistakable song of fingers sliding across paper, occasionally stopping to pinpoint an individual word. The aisles are narrow and intimate, requiring patrons to excuse themselves when navigating stacks.
In the back, in the southeast corner, one can sit comfortably on the floor before customers begin to arrive. Taking a breath, with your legs folded, the left pointing west and the right pointing north, you can absorb a rare energy. The store is an amplifier. Two minutes at a time, with your eyes closed, the experience is sublime.
Stop by and ask the owner for a few minutes in the back. He's a fine, well-read man whose life has been spent as a bridge between those who have read a book and those who want to read. It's impossible that he's read every book that crosses the bridge, or is it?
Don't ask, just enjoy the possibility.
The Book Trader - Philadelphia
Address: 7 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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