Zen Spot #223 - Mindfulness, meditation and walking by the voodoo you do December 10, 2018 00:00

Chicken bones

I don’t believe in Voodoo, but I’m always careful around its practitioners and their property — which means I probably do believe in Voodoo. Too, I have felt bad Juju during odd experiences with people, believing that every human being has also felt bad Juju. Perhaps the feeling is the palpable reaction to an unambiguous karmic infraction in one’s presence. Or, the breaking of a Commandment.

I do believe in art, especially art created with common objects — hubcaps, staplers, wine bottles, bicycle wheels, beach balls, taxidermy, pearls and a thousand other things. That said, having seen chicken bones wrapped in plastic pearls, or something to that effect, hanging off the front door of a house, in a neighborhood off the beaten path in New Orleans, made me careful.

Voodoo and Juju

Both belief systems are different, but each has roots in Africa. Buddhism is eastern. Christianity is primarily western. The remainder of most religious traditions fall into one of these categories, and each has a designated set of transgressions that can be felt in the twisted air surrounding the transgressor’s choice to act.

I am an expert in nothing, with an emphasis on the entirety of all religious traditions. Often walking by the home where the mask above hangs, a sublime, slightly dark feeling is palpable. Requiring no expertise, though, the eyes of the mask appear to follow passersby along the entire length of street in front of its building — despite their beliefs. Ironically, it reminds me to practice the Noble Eightfold Path while holding the followers of all traditions in high regard.

The need for compassion can be found at the core of each.


About DharmaMechanic

An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

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

What is a Dharma Wheel?