Saturday, July 02, 2016

Car meditation

A long ride (when you are not the driver) is perfect for a nap, but also meditation, because you can be alert for the driver and kids but not knocked out!

I sit, and the kids squabble, but eventually they settled down with a snack or gazing out the window or a little game they have invented, or a song they like. I get a few minutes to close my eyes or stare out the window. Eventually one falls asleep, and I am here, quietly, breathing, letting the landscape pass, the road sweep under me, the silence pervade the car, no longer inside a vehicle but the vehicle itself, no longer watching the view but immersed in it.

I'm jolted by a crying child, but I can go back to this quiet when I get a moment, seeing with new eyes.

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