Zen Spot #112— Mindfulness, meditation and nevermindishness February 15, 2018 00:05

Turning the corner

The future is unknowable and, if our path is to be believed, the future doesn’t exist at all. The past is the same. No matter what I see or expect, it is a construct of my own mind. Perception absolved under all circumstances. 

Keyword: absolved.


The buildings above have been carved out of millions of years of water, flowing downhill, through limestone and sediment, toward the ocean, two hundred miles away. The precision is astonishing.

Gargoyles. Porticos. Arches. Runnels between bricks so subtle as to prove that water could have sculpted Michalengelo’s David without Michelangelo.

Standing on the cobblestone street, one can look up and see a brilliant blue sky that has been there forever. Were the water that carved this channel to come rushing around the corner, I might be able to tread water and eventually reach the rooftops, if it rose slowly--or be washed away in a flood, never to be seen again. 

Water, light, sky

The light at the end of this canyon, just around the corner could offer a brilliant afternoon sun or it could be the white at the end of the universe, billions of miles away.

Miles that don’t exist, leading to an impossible place--accessible every time I sit and breathe.

I’ll turn the corner.


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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

What is a Dharma Wheel?