Mind Day 25 - This and that
- Nov 29th, 2018 at 11:15AM
Hello team! Busy, eventful couple of weeks. I've been meditating daily, exercising many days and eating a pretty healthy relaxed diet. Despite no blog, I've been on the site everyday, reading blogs and following what all the Mind trainees are up to and feeling about the meditation. Mixed bag out there!
The last two weeks, I've been alone with the kids in the evenings, early mornings and Sundays, which is why exercising only happens some days. I've made sure meditation happens everyday, though. Being alone with the kids is not difficult, but it requires 100% attention. I cannot email, answer WhatsApp messages, read a book, exercise, meditate...none of it. They require full attention and after some mentally tough days at work, it is a challenge to be fully alert and kind. Plus, I still have to cook dinner and wash dishes and all the other little tasks required before bedtime. Always on. How do single parents in the US keep their sanity? At least, I've got a nanny who lives on the property, a housekeeper who comes daily...that takes care of all the other housekeeping stuff so that I'm not stressed by a messy house, laundry piling up, etc. Much to be grateful for.
Anyway, my partner should come home next week, and life will resume a normal, slightly more rested pace. Happy meditating out there team.
PS Today's lesson made me laugh. "If you can hang tough in a 15 minute meditation, you'll find a 10 minute line at the post office to be no problem at all." Lines in Africa remind me of Black Friday year round. And, the even more frustrating part about lines in Africa, people don't respect them! ARGH! So, some days I stand in line and laugh at my thought chains, other days I let loose on these jerks who step in front of me without even asking permission.
A quick story. A month or so back I stood in line for 2 hours to get my driver's license printed (after a month of other processes!)....the people printing the licenses would come and go, laugh, not pay attention to the customers. I finally got to the front of the line and get this, those people who had paid extra money (aka bribes) to not stand in line were getting their licenses printed. A stack of papers being processed, while I stood there for 20 minutes and watched with aching feet. I thought to myself, this is Africa. I could get angry and yell and pitch a fit. You know what the people around me would do? Stare at me as if I'd lost my mind and probably smile or possibly laugh. Seriously. I remained calm through it all. Thank you meditation.