Zen Spot #20  -- Mindfulness, meditation and the ample pungent wonder of trash truck juice February 4, 2018 00:05

The rear of the bodega in Mt. Airy where the dumpster was located

Trash truck juice

There is that unmistakable smell of garbage  that can remain in one's memory for years. Hot vegetables rotting, sitting in a rancid stew of cooking oil and saliva leaking from a trash truck as it stutters down the street , delivering a punch in the nose that's hard to avoid because one doesn't knows they're in the boxing match until it’s too late. Easily found behind a bodega or strip mall restaurant, the smell is a mild skunk. I found myself overcome by the stench while I was creeping through an alley in Mount Airy with my car windows open.

Meditation couldn’t have been further from my mind. 

A smelly moment of mindfulness

Immediately after my reaction to leave the scene, I was overcome with an instinct to stop . I opened my door, walked to the cinder block wall, sat on the concrete with my back against the wall, folded my legs and took a breath.

The pungence was evident even more after I closed my eyes, but I committed to my position and waited until I got used to the smell. It didn’t take long, perhaps seven or eight minutes.

Sometimes I do stupid stuff.


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