Zen Spot #84 -- Mindfulness, meditation and feeling the machinery January 24, 2018 00:13

Science of the mind

Built on logic and paradox, the Buddhist path relies, to a great degree, on an adherent’s mind functioning in a context and, for the most part, the context doesn’t change much over time. Instead, the mind changes. With reading, discourse, analysis and reflection comes a new worldview that can offer more peace -- until the mind can no longer read, discuss, analyze and reflect.

Fading in

My first memory is from when I was 18 months old. Few people believe me, but my mother confirms the recollection. I was toddling down a hallway in a boarding house in Wildwood New Jersey holding her hand. Consciousness faded in and out. I don’t know what happened just before and don’t remember much else until going to kindergarten at the age of four. 

Fading out

A close friend recently lost his wife to the ongoing effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A writer, he painfully and beautifully described the experience of looking into her eyes, his loving gaze met by the eyes of a stranger. The woman with whom he had spent 50 years was gone before she was gone. 

He remarked of the feeling of soft skin wrapping around the bones of her hand. Knuckles evident. Tendons strung. The geometry, evidence of genetics taken and given. The faintest pulse in the web between her thumb and index finger. Fuel was at a premium. He said he could feel the machinery. Her soul was gone, but the body had months of work ahead of it.

That place where the machinery operates is a holy place. Millions of holy places fade in and fade out every day.


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