Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First day of school

A line of moms and dads and children
At the corner
Waiting for the crossing guard
Dad bending down to hear what his daughter is saying
Mom squatting in front of her son
Hands holding.
A lady walking a tiny white dog
The leash stretched straight and taut
To the collar of the dog pulling its lead
Tiny legs bustling
Body almost horizontal in eagerness to go, go, go.

Makes me laugh

Maybe this is one of those "had to be there" things, but this makes me laugh every time I think of it. We went out to dinner with our friends Bill and Schmidty, and Schmidty's sister Susan. Schmidty sat across from me at the table, an empty chair to the left of her, and Bill in the next chair -- so he was kitty-corner to me.

We got on the subject of the eclipse, since it was happening the next day. Susan said she wondered if the tide would be affected by it. I thought not, since the tide is affected by the moon, not the sun. Bill said, no, the sun affects the tide, too, and began to explain more about that.

As he was talking, Schmidty languidly leaned over, took up her wine glass, and said, "I'm going to have another drink." It's making me laugh now. Her voice. Very obviously uninterested in the explanation. I cracked up and could hardly talk enough to say, "Thank you for sharing," in between my guffaws.

I said that we can always count on at least one moment of hilarity from Schmidty. She said, "I'll take that as the compliment I think it's meant to be." And it is.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Breath, again

I heard someone on the radio talking about a 30-day plan he has, where he decides each month on a goal and then puts an "x" on his calendar each day to try to build up a 30-day run of doing the goal. He's done many things that way, expanding his knowledge and understanding. I was talking to my daughter about it and she says she puts a sticker on the calendar each day she accomplishes her goal. She likes seeing all of them and the feeling it gives her. I am going to buy some stickers today and try it with the goal I made for right now -- 5 minutes of meditation each day. I saw a video on Facebook, which I cannot find anymore, where it gave a real basic overview of meditation -- just sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on a center of breathing like your nose or mouth or belly. It said your mind will go crazy thinking of all sorts of other things but that is okay, just try, fail, try, fail, try, fail, that's what meditation is. And just do it for 5 or 10 minutes a day. He said no matter how busy you are, you have 5 or 10 minutes you can do this. So I made a goal of 5 minutes a day. Two days so far.
Both times I've tried this, I have ended up thinking a lot about breath. It reminded me that I wrote about the breath of God in this blog, years ago. While meditating, I thought about breathing in, then breathing out. I first tried breathing in through my nose, out through my mouth, then all through my nose, and so on. Boring, right? A "revelation" I had is that the breath I'm taking in and the breath I'm breathing out are not the same. Maybe this is no revelation to you, but I was imagining a kind of pipe-like thing -- I pull in air and that air travels through a pipe or tunnel or something and comes out when I breathe out. No it doesn't! The breath I'm breathing out comes from somewhere inside me already. Not sure there's any big thing to learn from this, but there it is.

I suppose even thinking all this through might be considered my mind going off and failing to meditate?

Is this too much navel gazing? Who really cares what I think of as I'm breathing in and out?

Anyway, I'll be off now to buy some stickers. Two gold stars so far.