For example: How much pressure am I putting on the gas? How fast am I going? Is that guy really going to switch into my lane, even though his blinker isn't on? Yikes-that's startling! Why is that truck blowing his air horn? My heart is beating so fast. Focus, pay attention. I can do this. I'm doing this. Relax. My right foot is doing that hot/cold thing and getting really tired, but I have to keep it on the break until this #%&$* red light turns to green. OMG I wish I could pull over right now and take a picture of the way the sun is illuminating the branches on that tree! Both hands on the steering wheel, even if the left one feels tingly and wants to drop to my lap. Why is this woman practically kissing my rear bumper with her car? The sun is in my eyes. Focus, pay attention, breathe, relax. My cell phone's ringing. I'm ignoring it. Paying attention, focusing on driving. Uh Oh I forgot to call so and so to tell her such and such. The cars in front of me slowing down...relax, pay attention, breathe, focus...and on and on my busy mind goes.
Ok you get the picture. And I'd bet similar kinds of thoughts and distractions arise when you are driving too. Driving is one of the most complex tasks that most adults do on a daily basis. It requires tremendous focus. Resting well in the present moment And being alert...all at the same time. Relaxed Awareness.
Thank you dear doodle dog teachers for this valuable lesson for my meditation practice and living life off my zafu.
Part of my spiritual practice is to do what I can in small ways to help others in need. In light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, please hold the people of Haiti in your heart if you meditate, pray or practice absent reiki and consider making a donation to help ease the suffering there:
American Jewish World Service