Zen Spot #129 — Mindfulness, meditation and connection without a connection February 6, 2018 00:00

Writing with a pen

I type with two middle fingers, while scanning the keyboard with a kind of thousand-yard stare. My digits move quickly, but I’ve never mastered the ability to look at the screen and let every finger fly.

While in ideation mode, I need a pen and paper--concurrently scribbling words, pictures and diagrams. Moving instantly between the three produces far more interesting outcomes than each can do by themselves. Twenty-six characters aren’t enough.

Somewhere in the mix, while moving between each of the three elements, a language reveals itself.

Never erasing

Ink is permanent. Erasure is futile. Confidence is required and, also perhaps, the ability to ignore mistakes and wholesale failure. Connecting the dots — while creating new dots — can get messy. Sometimes literally. Often figuratively. Almost always metaphorically.

Scribbles confuse

The idea of developing an idea must be emphasized. I don’t write prose by hand. That said, when my exercise satisfies and appears finished enough to discuss, and I share it with friend or colleague, the looks can be quizzical. 

That which appears completely coherent to me often isn’t for the viewer. Despite my desire to connect with another human being using the language with which I am most fluent, my efforts can contort faces.

Disconnection when the scribbles confuse

The frustration can be profound because, while my idea may be esoteric, and sometimes even interesting, the inability to build a bridge between myself and my viewer can be a span over which engineering is futile.

Words, despite being easy to dismiss, are far less easy to dismiss than an amalgam.

Writing to myself

The scribbles, then, are novellas, written by me, for me,  never having been written for me. Physics calculations without the physics behind the language.

An open mind

As I write this essay, using two fingers and twenty-six characters, the idea will be easy to understand and easier to dismiss. Too, it will have been easy to write and transmit, with the push of a button. Perhaps it will even connect with you, wherever you are, across the globe, all because of the greased skids of the wifi that carries the message.

But, what if you could read my scribbles?


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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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