Rush Hour


I find Tuesday’s are the worst for high traffic rush hours. It takes nearly double the time to reach home in the evening. Tonight I got behind a woman with no brake lights and nearly rear-ended her twice! Buried in the lane, I couldn’t move and had to pay close attention to her speed or smash into her. No autopilot driving for moi. It was necessary to stay centered and mindful of the moment and movement.

Mindful living requires standing centered looking out with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart. Moving through the day is much like driving in rush hour. We’re interacting with family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors navigating relationship traffic throughout the day. Are you mindful of your speed? Of nearly crashing into someone with words moving too fast? Did you actually notice the person who walked into your office trying to mask the sadness of losing a loved one? Or was it glossed over with conversation about which project was due when. Turn off the autopilot.

As physical expressions of Spirit we are responsible for each other. When you look into the eyes of that colleague attempting to mask her feelings, reach out with compassion, she is your sister. When he mentions a sick child and needing to get home early, hear him with kindness. Slow down, listen well, love fully. Remember that we are more than this.

“Be my mirror…the clear, bright, and deathless image that love reflects in me. And wherever I may find You, on the lowest or highest shelves of humanity, wherever my soul searches for You among the broken, among the weary, the lost and forgotten, or among the happy and the free….

May love in you (dear reader) invoke love in others, as glass to living glass, mirror to shining mirror, that Christ may arise in your midst and be reflected anywhere love has a face, a touch, or dares to speak.”    

~ David Teems, 2004

2 responses »

    • Being with kindred Spirit makes it easier to operate with awareness. I’m grateful to be in an environment where this type of mindfulness is the norm and not the exception.

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