Riding bareback on a slippery car in a rainstorm

riding bareback
car heads through tunnel
sudden rainstorm

Uh, huh.

That’s my life.

You think that in a car you’re safe – comfortable seat, warm interior. then suddenly the door flies open and you’re out riding bareback through a tunnel. You get used to that idea, you get your rhythm. Then suddenly a rainstorm, windshield wipers try to clarify vision, but you’re out there bareback and the car is moving fast and from where exactly is all that water coming from?

Way too many questions, yet there you are. Keeping it together. Balancing the business at hand. Staying calm. Staying on the road.

This then is my life.


In other news:

fifth week of self-reiki and my discoveries include: a calmer me. a happier me. a person who is absolutely in love with the sun and the smell of the freshly ploughed fields. Happy to inhale. Happy to bike and feel my legs.

How fast that feeling dissolves when I hit a class of recalcitrant students is another matter. At least I have felt the joy of being a speck in a spinning ether of smile. And that’s good!

I had the honour of being invited to a Shelter for Battered Women to witness my dear friend A bring her collection of Theater Games to the children staying at the shelter.  How cool she was,  how she kept them on track throughout each activity and during the transition to the next.  I got to pull out a puppet at the end of the hour and though the always popular “Bite Me, Puppet!” reaction was in full-force, there were also those who wanted kisses and when offered the chance to have the puppet speak for them, they had conversations. (some silent, some more public).

We’ll be going back. There’ll be more Theater Games and more puppets. This is good!

More news: I’m slowly heading back to my personal person. Life tosses out opportunities – some are for the good of others, some are for the worse of others. I’d like to point myself towards the ‘good-er’.

I get to do a daily sumi-e painting, a daily haiku, a daily meditation, daily exercise, and now more daily fun. Fun!

Nothing wrong with it.

Riding bareback can be fun!



and have i meditated today?

One of the early gifts offered me in my search for focus has been meditation.

Sitting quietly, listening to the sounds around me in order to quieten the self, and then embarking on disciplined observation of breathing and a focus on my vision, all to enter a quasi-trance, a deepening feeling of peace – this is the process for me.

After learning Reiki, and more importantly self-reiki, i was happy to see that doing self-reiki in the morning before a more ethereal kind of meditation was a guaranteed method to stay with myself.

Self-reiki offers specific movements – addressing Chakras, and even a mantra (om mani padme hum) to accompany each hand position.

Done in the morning, my entire day is uplifted. I have more energy, more compassion, more humour – it’s an inexpressibly marvelous gift to myself and i guess to others!


let it be written. self- take notice!

judih in dance of meditation