mindfulness of squealing

This post was waiting in my inbox this morning, and it got me off to a great start for the day! All I love and even those I don’t are along with me for the ride, so to speak. My carelessness could cause untold suffering, my own included. May all beings be free from suffering, and may I use my own powerful energies for good as best I can every moment. May we all be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit!


worn down tires worn down tires

Before starting the car
I know where I’m going.
The car and I are one.
If the car goes fast, I go fast.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

dearest passenger dearest passenger

To show I care for you
my most precious cargo,
I will slow down,
be no closer than
one car length per 10 miles per hour
following other vehicles,
and travel at a safe speed.
Please do not fear.

In a past lifetime
I drove crazy,
spinning donuts
in the parking lot,
racing at green light’s spark
crossing multiple lanes
to take an off-ramp
failing to consider the
two-thirty-seconds of an inch
of rubber between me
and the hard, sharp
of pavement, steel and glass.

Through deaths and near deaths
I now humbly understand how to appropriately
express my deepest aspiration
of non-harming
while focusing on controlling
a vehicle of compassionate action
and not a powerful weapon of destruction.

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