Zen Spot #34 - Mindfulness, meditation and a pending interruption August 10, 2018 00:00

A short cut

It was an early October Friday evening in Olde City section of Philadelphia. The streets were alive with gallery openings, street musicians, open-air discourse and playoff baseball being broadcast into the air, through the open doors of tap rooms on every corner.

The streets in Olde City are either extraordinarily well lit or weirdly dark. The latter are usually paved with pre-revolutionary cobblestones. I prefer the dark, after enough time in the light, and chose cobblestones to carry me back to my car.

As I found my way, I came upon the street light and alarm bell shown above. The scene was noticeable because, above the light, a blue glow cast against the bricks. It was coming from the top of the same light. I decided to photograph the oddness. When I got close, the alarm intrigued me more that the blue.

I considered the possibility that the alarm could go off at any time. I hadn’t done anything to trip the alarm and there was no reason to think it might happen. The possibility was existential, not real.

It was night, but I was safe. The light — and the alarm — hovered four feet above my head as I sat with with my back against the bricks, and closed my eyes, wondering if, as I tried to lose myself, the alarm would go off for the first time in one hundred years.

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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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