Zen Spot #39 -- Mindfulness, meditation and a dead factory in post-industrial Philadelphia February 24, 2018 00:05

Spaces and places

I write about common places — stairways, underpasses, abandoned buildings, urban parks. Dozens are within a two mile stretch of the half mile stretch of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia. Loud. Busy. 

Abandoned North Philly factory

A concrete moat of chain-link detritus swims around the building's perimeter. Having climbed through a tear in the fence, I leaned against brick on the north side. Almost always in shadow, even in the summer, I was cool on an August afternoon. I closed my eyes and immediately noticed one very distant siren.

Feather of sound. Someone in pain. Someone needing help. Someone running to help.

Another human being.


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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.

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