Zen Spot #6 -- Mindfulness, meditation and the elephant car wash July 9, 2020 00:00

The end

This is the final essay. Setting out to write 365 mindfulness essays, this is the last one. The original sixth essay was so bad that, after much consideration, it required replacement. A photo of the elephant car wash in Seattle was chosen as a metaphor on which to build. 

Legend holds that the elephant is the only attraction in Seattle photographed more than the Space Needle. Taken while I was sitting in the passenger seat of a car driven by a family member, I felt the pull to add to the legend. Arriving home in Philadelphia following the trip, I played with Photoshop until I had something fun. Pink. Blue. Purple.

Much has changed since the Zen Spot series was begun. My health, my family, my friends, my writing, my artwork and my goals have all changed. Some permanently. Some dramatically. Few predictably.

The dates of the elephant trip

I was in Seattle during the week the first Covid-19 patient was diagnosed. The epicenter of the American pandemic had been established within miles of the car wash. Many people people had already been infected.

Much has changed since the photograph was taken. Our health, our families, our friends, our jobs, our homes and our goals have all changed. Some permanently. Some dramatically. Few predictably.

I will be back. You will be back. We will be back.


This essay was completed at 4:25 EDT on May 17, 2020. I will not be releasing these essays chronologically, so the publishing date has yet to be set. You may not read this until 2021 — or beyond. When you do, I hope it finds your health, your family, your friends, your job and your home returned to normal. In the event that loss has occurred, know that prayers and compassion reached the place where you find yourself long before you arrived.


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