Zen Spot #116 — Mindfulness, meditation and a black chair in a blue corner February 9, 2018 00:05

It’s not about the corner

The remainder of a structure — a house, a warehouse, a studio, a firehouse, a brewery, a buggy factory? Whatever. It’s gone now, except for the bones. 

I’ve never seen anybody occupy the space. The scorch of a bonfire is nowhere to be found. Philosophers, vandals and philosopher-vandals don’t appear to meet there under cover of darkness.

The corner is set like a stage awaiting actors. The chair awaits a monologue — and didn’t get there by itself. So, too, the table-bench. So, too, the yellow deconstruction.

It’s not about the chair

In particular, the four legs beg a poet or bankrupt man. Not a woman, for some reason. The stink of a man would not be contained. Thankfully. A confidence could be found in the knowledge that a loud conversation with no one would not be overhead.

The chair is surprisingly comfortable, especially when leaning against the wall on the two back legs. My stink is indistinguishable from the surroundings.

It’s not about the color

The blue sticks out in this part of the city. Cinder block is everywhere. Bricks, cinder block, iron, steel, aluminum, dirt, wood, rust, grass, wood chips, leaves — all displaying their natural colors. The blue is a chosen color. A fantastic color. A color easily found in a kindergarten, an airport and a Buddhist temple.

I don’t know what it’s about

Sometimes one happens upon a place that feels like home. Perhaps from another life. Attractive in the visceral. Knowing something. Not knowing something.

It was wonderful

To lean against the blue, not sitting in the chair, facing north, legs folded and eyes closed.

Breathing, forgetting and remembering.


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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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