The Middle Way

Zen Spot #190 — Mindfulness, meditation and drawing farting dogs April 3, 2018 00:00

Like a punch in the nose

I came home to find the drawing above laying on the dining room table. My wife left it as a warning that Mayze, our Boston Terrier, was experiencing a particularly aromatic afternoon. Having come home from running errands, I wasn’t prepared for the coming assault but was thankful for the warning.

I am among the millions of people who think farting is hilarious — both the sound and the smell. The more noxious, the better. The ten year-old boy within me is alive and well. 

As much a warning about the odor, the drawing was designed to cultivate a bit of compassion. Gastrointestinal distress can, at times, be quite uncomfortable. And, while I’m not sure how more love can be showered on Mayze, the drawing was a reminder to acknowledge her experience with words. 

Compasionate words.


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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  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

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  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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