Zen Spot #40 — Mindfulness, meditation and a small, happy street far away February 1, 2018 00:05

Somewhere in Western Europe

I am sentimental to a point. Some friends consider me schmaltzy when it comes to music. That said, I do not respond to sentimental, schmaltzy artwork. 

I do, however, respond to an artist’s personal choice of iconography and certain kinds of technical ability. In particular, I am stunned by an artist’s ability to make a true spontaneous mark — without planning. 

Improvisation within a valued structure.


The image above was found on a building, on a small street, in a Western European city. Love and whimsy, tattooed to a building. Hearts tugged by destruction of property. 

Street art is all too often created by men. There is no way to tell the gender of this artist. The image belies a feeling not often associated with the daring, alpha-defiance of a painter who will need to sprint for a mile to outrun the cops if caught branding.

I hope it was a woman. I hope it was a man. The icon took me to a place where I had to evaluate my hope — and be mindful.


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 Michael 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.

 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

What is a Dharma Wheel?