The Middle Way

Zen Spot #40 --  Mindfulness, meditation, love and whimsy tattooed to a building February 1, 2018 00:05

Graffiti

Stunned by any artist’s ability to make a truly spontaneous mark , I found this image on a small street in an Italian city. Love and whimsy tattooed to a building. Hearts tugged by destruction of property. 

Street art is too often created by men. With no way to tell the gender of this artist, the image belies a feeling rarely associated with the alpha-defiance of a painter who might need to sprint for a mile to outrun cops.

I hope it was a woman. I hope it was defiance. I hope it was love.

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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 over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

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Zen Spot #48 -- Mindfulness, meditation and opposing impossible mirrors with my son walking away January 31, 2018 00:05

Shaving

Perpendicular, to my right, the medicine cabinet is nearly impossible to use when I shave. A bigger mirror looks at me from over the bathroom sink. When the door of the cabinet opens wide and the mirrors are almost opposite, the reflections appear infinite. Common and wonderful.

Matthew

My first born. With that, for him, came the awesome responsibility of raising me. At the time of his arrival, I wasn’t fully formed. My unready unsteady mind  could have served him better. Perhaps most new parents feel this way. Perhaps comparison is a waste of time.

He had curly hair in a family of straight blondes. White locks that spun like an angel’s. Babushkas reached out. Women remarked, kindly. A grail. We let it grow long. A grail.

A son ventures

Our family was picnicking in my parents’ back yard. Matthew was 18 months old. Next door, two sets of twins had birthday's within twelve months of Matthew’s. Until that day, he’d never ventured more than thirty feet away from his mother or me. Bouncing into the yard, the four brothers and sisters followed butterflies that didn’t exist and swirled in the proximal orbit of siblings. 

Matthew looked at his mother, silently asking if he could play with the children. Excited and scared, the unknown beckoned. We let his hand go and he ventured out into the world.

Bologna, Italy

Twenty-nine years later, Matthew and I found ourselves in the hallway shown above. His neighborhood. Via Fondazza. The veering from reflecting mirrors was alive. Portico after portico after portico. His hair cropped short, but still wonderful. A grail in waiting.

My camera raised, I captured him walking into infinity. Having let go of his hand decades before, I watched him venture into the world again.

Forever.

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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 over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

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