Zen Spot #178 — Mindfulness, meditation and the giant Zen kitchen March 28, 2018 00:00


The orange sphere in the mural above is painted to appear three-dimensional. It is placed, strategically, into the corner of the brick wall so that, when the viewer stands twelve inches to the left or right of where I took this photo, the sphere flattens out. Perhaps the shapes in the rest of the mural would appear more dimensional if they weren’t bound by the top of the wall or the start of the sidewalk. The effect of the sphere is especially stunning — almost levitating.

Drawn into the corner, wanting to touch a sphere that doesn’t exist, I found myself standing in the corner in much the same way a mother might have disciplined a child in the past. I got close enough to the paint to touch it with bent elbows. A flashback to a punishment from my third year overcame me. I had crayoned the entirety of my bedroom’s hardwood floors — not the Sistine Chapel, but close enough. Caught while I was backing out of the doorway, having completed my masterpiece, my effort earned a trip to the corner of my mother’s kitchen.

The neighborhood where I found the mural, located near 2nd Street and Girard Avenue, in the City of Brotherly Love, became a giant kitchen.

A giant Zen kitchen.


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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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