You live in a suburban Canadian area. Today you’re driving along upon a clear road.
You feel stressed. So much to do! Can’t even visualize getting it all done. Wishing you hadn’t committed to that project, and barely able to contain your anticipation of that warm-weather holiday you have planned for a month or so out.
And then, you get stuck behind a pokey driver who gets through the intersection on a yellow and you are left having to stop at yet another red light. You start to tap, even pound, on your steering wheel. All kinds of thoughts rush through your brain, from blaming yourself for not getting an earlier start to criticizing the other people on the road for just being there. The thoughts don’t stop there, though. If you were paying attention, you would start to notice that you are blaming the traffic engineers and politicians for not better planning and funding the transportation system, and even feeling resentful of your clients and people with whom you work.
You remember, if you’re lucky, what your counselor told you, what you’ve read in “O” magazine, or what you’ve learned in yoga class: Get into your body, now! It will get you into the moment – – – the true, unadulterated moment in which your mind is not able to indiscriminately fabricate all sorts of nonsense that causes you to suffer unduly.