In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to “stay” and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!
—Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (via creatingaquietmind)
Monster Truck (2013)
I’m just tryin’ to get from here to there,
Swear to the Lord I treat everybody fair.
I don’t want no sympathy,
A shake, a “howdy”, or a cup of tea.
That’s my state of mind right now, I think I’ll go out and eat a cow.
That’s the truth as I know it to be, here in the Land of the Free.
And if you don’t like it you can kiss my ass
‘Cause I drive a monster truck.
—from Monster Truck, Ramsay Midwood, 2002
My wife always says she has no idea from where I get my titles. This title won’t help that matter much. But I like Ramsay Midwood, and his operation has the same spirit as mine.
I think my friend Ginger Pixie's operation runs a lot like that too :) She's moving soon to the Land of the Free, and I'll miss her.