Zen Spot #124 — Mindfulness, meditation and the mother of all mothers February 13, 2018 00:05

A vintage storefront

Just south of Bainbridge Street, on 5th, is a vintage women’s tailor. Not sure of the name, but I’ll check.

Passing by, the mannequin in the window made me shiver. It was my mother. The face, the clothes, the hair. Excepting pearls, which were missing, the model mimicked every processed photograph I’d ever seen of my mother from the time before I was born. Had I been able to flip a switch, to see in black and white, the experience would have been complete — Chevy’s with wings, Eisenhower before the dime, the legend of waiting until marriage.

Before I was born

I think more, now, about the time, in the future, when I will no longer be here. While growing up, I took for granted, without any thought at all, that a time existed before I arrived. My family began a million sentences with those words — "before you were born." 

As I’ve gotten older, and as I’ve written in this series, I have a fascination with the time after my arrival but before I became conscious. 

Where was I? What was my mind doing? Am I still in that state, with a greater consciousness in front of me? Or oblivion? Or enlightenment? Or nothing, but not nothingness?

Living is a period of faithless struggle, not suffering, Suffering, being, waiting, trying to demonstrate compassion with every action.



Not time.



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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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