The Middle Way

Zen Spot #234 -- Mindfulness, meditation and the whispering songbird November 22, 2019 00:00


Freedom, true freedom, is often best symbolized by the gift of flight. Photographs, drawings, paintings and videos of birds soaring can capture the feeling of a special kind of unrestrained joy that transcends their two-dimensional format. However the viewer defines freedom, whether visceral, metaphorical, spiritual or literal, an image of wings being carried on wind can connect a human being with their innermost definition of freedom.

The image above, however, depicts two birds sitting on a wire  chatting. One listening, one sounding off. While each appears to be the type of songbird that greets the morning, sometimes long before sunrise, the animal on the right doesn’t appear to be singing. Perhaps it’s the cock of the head or how it holds its breast, but it appears to be whispering.

What would a songbird whisper? Something about freedom...


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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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