Last Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to take a Reiki workshop with an extremely gifted Reiki Master Teacher. I was so excited to take this workshop, meet other people in the Reiki community and deepen my skills. The only catch was that it was almost 2 hours away from me. In the past, I wouldn’t have cared – I’d hop on the subway with my Yoga Journal, my Reiki notebook, some snacks and I’d be set. In this case, however, I had to drive – strangely there are no subways from Northampton to Newton. Now remember, prior to moving here 8 months ago, I hadn’t really driven a car in about 20 years. And since I’ve been here, I’ve only been doing local driving. I think my longest excursion thus far was about 45 minutes and I took the back roads.
This trip, however, required the highways baby, and there was no turning back once I committed to taking the workshop. Nervous though I was, I was determined to get there and meet myself at the edge of my comfort zone. It truly was a meditation in “motion” if you will. I kept reminding myself to stay focused on the road, my breath, the cars around me, and when my mind would wander I would gently call it back to the task at hand: to simply drive safely and with awareness. Periodically, I’d check my “seat” – How was my posture? Where was I holding tension? Was I holding my breath? – and bring things back into an easy alignment. To help aid my meditation, I found a car in front of me, traveling slightly faster than I was, and followed it. That white car, and then the green car that replaced it when the white car exited the Mass Pike, became the object of my meditation. I kept returning my attention to that as well.
In the yoga tradition, we often share the stories of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses so we can learn from them, or draw on their energy for support, or even model our behavior after theirs. While I couldn’t find a Hindu God for this driving excursion, I did bring into my heart and mind two people whose driving abilities I greatly admire. They both bring calm, ease, confidence, patience, awareness and skill to their driving, and every time I began to get stressed I thought of them and how they would approach this drive. Their example helped me create a much more pleasant and comforting driving experience. Lastly, periodically I would pause and give thanks for getting to the point I was at safely.
All of those things helped me to create a much for mindful and present driving experience. The Reiki workshop was the icing on the cake.
So, the next time you are challenged to the edge of your comfort zone, can you bring a meditation practice to the act at hand?
Meditation, just like our yoga, doesn’t exist solely on the “cushion.” If we look closely, we can find the chance to practice in every moment.
As always, I’m curious to hear about your experiences and of course your feedback. And, I invite you to share via email, phone, facebook any way that I can support you on your yoga and wellness journey –I’M ALL EARS
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