The Middle Way
Zen Spot #241 -- Mindfulness, meditation and a three minute fistfight with your guardian angel October 18, 2019 23:59
Having moved to the next place
Today, I had a wonderful moment of existential clarity. Driving home, following a conversation with my elderly mother about estate planning, I thought about what I wanted my children to do at the conclusion of my funeral service. My desire? Ugly dancing.
Ugly dancing to a joyous song: “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
For 3:35, I want an undivided, uninhibited release from life. I want them to be completely in the moment. I want them to feel the joy I feel when I hear the song.
Perhaps I'll be able to leave each of them a million dollars. Perhaps I will only be able to leave a memory. For 3:35, however, I will bestow upon each of them the ability to choose joy.
To the core of my being, I believe that, while dancing, they will be close to me in a way that is otherwise impossible. Should grandchildren, nephews, nieces, friends and family want to dance, more’s the better.
In a fistfight with their guardian angels
I want the three demons I spawned to stand together and dance their asses off like each is in a fistfight with their guardian angel. I found out too late in life that dancing is an elixir of joy — especially ugly dancing. Be assured, a day will not pass, from now until then, without ugly dancing.
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What are The Four Noble Truths?
- The truth of suffering
- The truth of the origin of suffering
- The truth of the cessation of suffering
- The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering
What is The Noble Eightfold Path?
- Right view
- Right intention
- Right action
- Right speech
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration
What is a Dharma Wheel?