Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Precious Commodity

I hate traffic.  When it goes at a snail’s pace, I despise it more.

I was driving home one recent evening, deep in the midst of stop-and-go rush hour.  Instead of pounding my fists on the steering wheel, I chilled and reflected for a bit.

The last few weeks flew.  My days have gotten longer, my nights shorter.  I’m no longer able to go to my day gym so I ended up canceling my membership. 

Time has simply become a precious commodity to me nowadays.  Most especially my downtime.

Which makes me appreciate the things and people in my life more.

This is also partly the reason why I haven’t been thinking or dreaming about food.

Or Thanksgiving.

Just been too tired.

Sad to say, but sometimes it takes change to make me appreciate more the blessings in my life.

Now when I step out into the evening air, I inhale its cool crispness and give thanks for it. 

When I’m in the company of Zen Master and Zen Mum, and listen to their talking about their day, I give thanks for it.

And when I finally settle into lotus position and take deep calming breaths and begin to meditate, I give thanks for this.

But when I finally lay my head down to sleep, in my comfortable bed and wrapped and snug in my blankets, I sigh and give thanks for it.

Being a Buddhist, I normally give thanks daily for all that I am and have in my life.  But I have greater appreciation along with my gratitude now. 

And this is something that doesn’t need to be said just on Thanksgiving.  It’s something that I say every day.

Even when I’m stuck in thick evening rush hour traffic.

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  • Esther
    November 24th, 2010 00:14
    I will tell you about traffic after this weekend. It will give a new perspective on what it means to idle your time (& car!). We're headed to my brothers in NJ. Enjoy your delicious goose this Thanksgiving. I'll share px of our turkey, & maybe other side dishes. See you next Tues.

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