Zen Spot #164 — Mindfulness, meditation and mist on the banks of the river March 5, 2018 00:00

Crumbling, timeless, deep

The water drops off dramatically at the river’s banks. Where large cargo ships were loaded and unloaded fifty years ago, a water skeleton now resides. In some cases, the behemoths remain anchored in port, rusting. A four lane stop-and-go highway resides immediately adjacent to the docks and the anchors are so close to the road that a teenage baseball player with a good arm could clang a rock off a hull with relative ease. If a particular dock is empty, the rock would drop into forty feet of water less than two hundred feet from the highway.


The Delaware river runs by the docks at a pretty good clip but, because the water that lives in the docks is protected from the downstream forces, it sits glass-topped, as if occupying a small lake in the middle of a wooded area in central Pennsylvania.


Everything was wet the day I captured the image above. Photographers of all stripes will agree that, for some reasons, the color of objects are richer and deeper on a wet, cloudy day — and my day was no exception. Painted wood projects a wonderful sheen and appears to become a clay that can be molded. Rocks get darker and slicker and, while the water on my dock will drop off into black, even on the brightest days, the stillness and blackness is overwhelming — in a good way.

Love getting lost in the mist.


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  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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  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
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