A week ago, I was supermom. I exhausted my baby, my partner and I put him in his car seat at naptime, and he fell asleep in less than ten minutes without a peep.
Then, on the highway, we got a flat tire. We called CAA. The baby woke up screaming. We finally got the donut spare on the car, followed by a day in a town that didn’t have the tires needed for our car.
Super. Fun. Times.
Meditation and mindfulness are for the times in life when the s$%t hits the fan. No one goes into their car expecting to smell burnt rubber and for their day’s plans to derail significantly. When the unexpected happens, the worst version of ourselves can emerge.
We need to be careful not to deflate our patience right along with that tire.
The next time that you find yourself in this situation (and I certainly don’t wish it on you), try to imagine that it is life telling you to slow down. Often we don’t get these sort of in-your-face moments.
Your tire has literally stopped you in your tracks. Can you take the time to notice what is going on?
How does your body feel? Do you have any tension anywhere? (Most of us do, being human and all.) How is your mood? What is around you?
Once you have made the requisite phone call, look around. Be in your body. Breathe. Pause. We can do this so well in meditation studios, but you are a true mindfulness master if you can do this on the side of the highway.
By the time the tire is changed, you can drive away with lower blood pressure and maybe (just maybe) a smile on your face.