A Month of Less Distraction – Day 8
sa tu dīrghakāla nairantarya satkāra-ādara-āsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ
Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.
I rode to work today with the windows open and no radio on. It was fantastic. I heard so many things I never would have heard with the windows shut, the air on, and the radio on. So many unique sounds. I also paid more attention to the things I saw. I paid more attention to my driving. I was less aggravated at the other drivers. I saw a black Civic Si coming toward me on the road and his window was also open. When he passed me I yelled, “S. I!” at him. I drive a black Honda Civic Si six-speed manual transmission. There aren’t a lot of them on the road. So I was excited. Now I never would have done that with the windows shut. Well, actually I would have, but no one would have any chance of hearing me. I noticed that a few times I wanted to complain out loud about other drivers, but I didn’t because there was a chance, with my windows open, that they would have heard me.
I see that if I keep with this a long time there will be some differences that take root.