Sitting at a traffic light on a frosty, icy morning, I wait. The yoga studio is less than a mile away, but I must cross over the river. The light turns green, we inch our way up a bit closer than it’s red again. We sit. We wait. I am here, in the midst of freezing rain and snowy roads. Now is not the Now I want to be in. Drifting off into the realms of my imagination I dream of green trees, warm temperatures, and dry roads.
I could sit and bemoan the fact that I will be delayed in arriving to class. Being here, I could fret and fuss about the current driving conditions or curse the driver in front of me for going slow. Instead, I chose to casually drift away to a place of peace. Avoiding the Now is calling me to calm instead of chaos. Breathing in, I relax. Breathing out, I release.
There are moments in our lives where unpleasant activities occur. We must be in places that are physically or mentally uncomfortable. These are opportunities for practice. We practice remaining in a balanced state, while our surroundings are in confusion. Using tools from breathing and meditation, we observe the happenings without engaging in them. No need for reaction, we remain in tranquility. Staying in a state of serenity, the time passes and the light turns green.
Susan J. McFarland
February 28, 2019