Zen Spot #10 -- Mindfulness, meditation and an angel being reborn every morning December 5, 2017 22:50

That idea

I recently read an author who asserts that we are each reborn every time we awaken ; that this life ends when we close our eyes and the next life begins when the morning arrives. Direct and simple, the idea makes complete sense to me because it eliminates dogma, and does so with respect.

That spot

Every day, I drive by a building that has been undergoing an extended restoration. Designed to house a turn-of-the-century factory, the building’s five stories occupy an entire city block. Surprisingly, I can’t remember the last time a I saw a construction crew on site. 

The perimeter is lined with temporary chain-link fence upheld by three-inch stainless steel conduit that's been impaled into crumbling cinder blocks. Where a pristine sidewalk would normally reside, an overgrowth of bloom and weeds spawns from between the slabs. Vines crawl and spew. Pavement destroyed by time and the elements has been piled into rubble. Dirt and shale sit in broken mounds. 

The mural above is painted on the back wall of an alcove on the first floor of the south side of the building. Sitting about six feet off the ground, and thirty feet away from the chain-link fence, the alcove invites visitors. A traffic light stands close enough to cast multiple nighttime colors on the back wall.

That image

Yesterday, I drove by and the mural appeared in the distance. Visible from three hundred yards away, the details weren’t obvious, but it was clear the building was noticeably and powerfully  different  than it was just 24 hours earlier.

The previous night, a ghost climbed the fence, scaled the alcove and took time to paint a safe, nurturing angel. Oddly, there was no evidence of a human having been present. No trampled weeds or footprints were left in the dirt. It appeared that the artist floated over the fence and onto the alcove without ever touching the ground.

In the life that was yesterday.


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