Zen Spot #294 - Mindfulness, meditation and my child's eyes November 24, 2019 00:00

One cookie, mindfully

My son took this photograph with his smartphone. Having walked into a bakery, the pull of the colors, shapes, sizes and sweetness prompted the shutter sound. 

The choice of the subject of any photograph always fascinates me. It creates a window through which one can see the world as the photographer sees it. And, while that observation may be obvious, when the eyes are those of one’s child, the subject is always viewed differently. Compassion yields an altered world view.

My child is thirty-one years of age. The bakery within which he took the photo is in Kazakhstan. The culture is different. The cookies are the same. Compassion never changes.

Take a minute. Have one cookie. Enjoy it mindfully. One cookie.


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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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