Small Windshield, Big Windshield

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 11
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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It’s 7:38am.
I’ve left just enough time to scoot across town, park the car, feed the meter, unroll my mat and be ready for 8am yoga.

I did not calculate in frost-scraping time, but my little Jetta is encased in sparkly white coating.

I grab my crappy old window scraper from the door pocket. The thing has been used so long that it no longer scrapes clean wide satisfying swaths of frost. Instead, every swipe of the broken, uneven blade leaves a maze of scribbly lines like a child’s squiggle drawing.

Sighing at both my lack of planning and poor equipment, I clear most of the driver’s side windshield, the driver’s side window and the left half of the back window. It will have to do. I’ve got vinyasa to get to.

Buddhist teachers talk about Small Mind and Big Mind. Small Mind is the mind that we spend most of our time in ~ thinking and doing and working from a narrow, ego-centered place, with the main focus of “how is this going to effect ME??” Big Mind is expansive and open. Big Mind understands the interconnected, interdependent nature of reality.

Driving to yoga with my scribble-scraped windshield, I feel the narrow, claustrophobic feeling of Small Mind. I missed most of what there was to see along the way and I had the paranoid feeling that someone was going to pull out and get in my way. It was a single-pointed, self-centered focus of getting my sorry self to yoga.

After an hour of Down Dogging it in the studio, the sun melted every trace of frost from my windows. Driving home, I feel the wide-open expansiveness of Big Mind. I breathe more easily and have a broader perspective.

A good reminder to literally and figuratively fully scrape my windows and let my Big Mind expand.
(And maybe buy a new scraper.)

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