On this trip, however, I was listening to Pema Chodron's "Getting Unstuck" on my iPod. About an hour north of Omaha (somewhere south of Sioux City, IA), I learned about the concept of shenpa (Tibetan for "hooked" or attachment or as some Italian-Americans might say, agita).
Approaching Omaha, I thought I should probably turn off Ms Chodron's book on mindfulness so I could better negotiate all the traffic, lane changes, and so forth.
For some reason, I didn't.
I let Pema play. That point of the audio book was a meditation exercise through listening to a gong then listening to your surroundings.
My first thought was I'd zone out then end up in Des Moines, IA rather than Wichita, KS.
But I went with the flow.
My usual Omaha shenpa was reduced. Omaha was a snap.
So, I recommend Pema for shenpa in Omaha--and about anything else that makes you anxious and takes away your mindfulness.
- For a review read: Amazon.ca: Getting Unstuck: Books: Pema Chodron
- For more on shenpa read:Shenpa Practise or How we get hooked
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