Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
I love smart phones! My daughter asked me today on the way to school why people pinch people who aren't wearing green today? I did not know the answer and was driving so I handed her my phone so she could look it up.
This is what she found: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/38699/20150314/the-history-of-st-patricks-day-is-not-as-fun-as-you-think.htm
She told me that it is thought that the Leprechauns could not see you if you wore green and they would pinch anyone they could see. She also read that the pinch is supposed to give you some "green" to help you become invisible to the mean ole Leprechauns. We discussed that you would need to start pinching people several days in advance for the bruise to get that lovely greenish hue by St. Patty's Day.
We also discussed how much trouble one could get into in school for pinching others.
After dropping them off at school I listened to Day 2 of Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Success Meditation while driving down to work. I am determined to stick to this 21 day program. I didn't make it past day 5 on the last go round. So far I am really digging the quick bites of content on this "success" track.
Pinching people to make bruises does not flow with the "centering thought" for today's mediation which is "I am here to bring more love into the world."
If you are asking yourself how am I meditating and driving, the answer is that I am not closing my eyes during the 15 minutes. I am using the time to focus on lowering my breath from my chest down to my belly. I am repeating the Mantra silently in my head when I find myself following my thoughts.
Today's Sanskrit Mantra is Aham Prema which means "I am love."
So my drive down the mountain was very meditative for the first 8 minutes.
Then my car dinged and the coolant low light came on and kept flashing at me. Aham Prema, aham prema, aham prema. Then my mind drifted to how pleased I am that I have dinner in the crock pot already. Oh, and how good it is going to smell when I get home tonight. Then to how good the corn beef if going to taste and how happy I am that I purchased two packs so I can eat my fill. Crap, I am thinking again. Aham Prema, aham prema, aham prema. Then I noticed my right foot is still kinda not feeling normal and I started stretching my toes since I have on flip flops. My mind wandered into the recesses of images trying to mentally locate a pretty pair of sensible shoes I could purchase to wear for work. Damn, I am thinking again. Aham Prema, aham prema, aham prema. Feel my belly expand like a balloon, exhale my breathe loudly out of my mouth. Then I saw a fox cross the road. I love foxes and coyotes. I don't get to see them often now that I don't travel farther into the mountains everyday, so it is a very special occasion when they cross my path. I can't remember what it means when you see a fox. Crap & damn, taking in a bigger breath and exhaling it super loud so as to snap my brain back into meditation. Aham prema, aham prema, aham prema.
Then I hear the ding of Deepak's sweet chime that sounds when the meditation is over, and I smile. I did it!
I made it through my second day of meditation!