I remember when I got my GPS unit. It has taken some of the fear out of going to new places. I enter my destination and in a firm voice it advises me. I like it.
However, my GPS takes time to load it’s information! I plug it in and it takes time to crank and churn. At first I was frustrated by the amount of time it took to “wake up”. Even in my driveway it pauses and dots and displays messages such as “looking for a valid signal”. “Looking for a valid signal”? Are lots of bogus signals bouncing around? Evidently. While waiting for the signal to be identified and approved I have learned to take time to think. Do I get bogus signals? Are my signals valid? Do I jump in my truck swooshing out of the driveway (looking both ways, of course, for people and traffic), but still, I jump into my vehicle and drive pell mell without consideration? Have I taken stock of where I am – where I REALLY am (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually) before leaving to invade someone else’s space?
Whether I am headed to the post office or a friends’s house; do I acknowledge where I AM before I GO? Can I pause and wait for a valid signal to identify the present moment and “location”?
After finding a valid signal the unit waits and waits and waits until I let it know where I wish to go.
It doesn’t assume I am going to my prior end point, or the first I ever programmed. It waits until I select my destination. I have to state, with intention, where I am planning to go. Even then, time is taken to choose the most direct route – not always the one I would have chosen – but, so far, a route that has gotten me to my destination. In determining my “path” have I considered traffic and intentions, route and motivation, speed and expectations? Have I found the clear path and taken my higher power with me? I may need to be re-routed if the unexpected pops up – some accident or road repair that was not foreseen or predicted. I may need to “recalculate my route”. Mindfully selecting my destination is not a bad idea.
So taking these few moments I let the gizmo figure out where we are, I figure out where I am. Waiting patiently while it plans the direction, I set my route with intention. I breath (it calculates) and I prepare myself for moving into the world with my total self in alignment. I reform these moments of possible frustration into moments of reflection. Where am I, where am I going, how will I get there, and HOW I will BE WHEN I get there. Not just the route but the integrated me.
Such useful moments. Mindfulness taught by Tom Tom. I could learn from this card sized device.
Kyczy Hawk E-RYT200, RTY500 is the author of “Yoga and the Twelve Step Path”, a leader of Y12SR classes, and the creator of SOAR(tm) (Success Over Addiction and Relapse) a teacher certification training.
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