Put your valuable time in a rideshare to good use by practicing mindfulness, simply by disregarding cleanliness, timeliness, strangeness, car-sickness, and consciousness!
Start by settling into the backseat. Let your hands hang loosely by your side, gently placing the palms upward on a surface that has cushioned at least a thousand asses.
Keep your back straight, tilt your head down slightly, and relax your body, forgetting your entire life rests in the hands of an absolute stranger.
To be completely present, turn your phone on silent, and set it down next to the mystery upholstery stain on the middle seat.
Even while intending to cultivate equanimity and spaciousness, I notice how easy it is to fall into self-righteousness and indignation as soon as I start thinking about the things I don’t like in the world, especially when they seem to stem from decisions made by human beings. I catch myself “personalizing” something that is actually much bigger than individual villains, even though specific persons are playing various, sometimes awful, roles in what is happening at any one moment.
What come to mind are the very real injustices, social inequities, and exploitation of huge numbers of people and natural resources, often…
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