Zen Spot #137 — Mindfulness, meditation and the leaning tower of whimsy February 15, 2018 00:05

A child’s observation

A mother, with two children, strolled by as I stood next to the piling shown above. An infant was quietly snoozing in a stroller and a four year-old girl, with curly blond hair, in a blue dress, was holding her mother’s hand. With bouncing locks, and a sly smile, she walked up to the piling and said, “I thought it was going to be a lot bigger.”

Cause and effect

A truck must have backed into the piling. Made of thick steel conduit, and filled with cement, the pipe is bent in the opposite direction of the one-way street on which it sits. Ipso facto, the accident must have happened in slow motion as a truck was beeping and backing up.

Capriccioso and f=ma

There is something odd and wonderful about the power required to bend the pipe. A canvas was crafted from a mistake. The beeping noise of a larger box truck backing up, combined with the screeching of a hardened steel bumper warping an obdurate boom, was as random and predictable as a jazz improvisation. The echo of a human yawping from the driver’s blind spot, pleading to reverse the reverse, was the last stitch placed by the loom.

There is something profound about an artist finding the canvas and finding inspiration — perhaps in slow motion. Humor. Creation. Vision. Math. Simplicity. Complexity. 


Without doubt, when finished painting the tower, the artist leaned back, smiled, closed her eyes and took a breath. 

I did the same and, after opening my eyes, I chose to smile at every passerby. And every smile was returned.



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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

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  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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