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Article 6: The Post Office Meditation
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The Post Office Meditation by Melissa Leath

As I walked into the post office today, there were only about 4 other people in line. I had a package to mail, so I took my place. I actually donít mind waiting. As long as I can see that everything is moving along in normal time, Iím okay with it.

It has been raining since last night, and here in Ohio, it is getting a little nippyóyou know, perfect high school football weather. But everyone in the post office today seemed a little irritated. So, I guess itís logical to blame the weather.

All the people who were already at the clerkís counter were either complaining that their mail hadnít been delivered properly, or were in the middle of some kind of detailed transaction.

The woman in front of me, who had hurried to get in line ahead of me, was very impatient. It seemed as if she was looking for a problemÖactually wanting to complain about the wait taking too long.

I really didnít understand why she was complaining, when we had only been there a total of about 60 seconds! But I appeased her with small talk, all the while wishing she would just turn around and be quiet.

You see, post office line-waiting is one of my favorite meditation times. Over the years, Iíve realized that taking advantage of every short spurt of time during the day is an excellent way of getting my daily dose of meditation.

Besides the post office, there is the grocery checkout line, waiting for someone to answer the phone when I am calling, commercials between TV programs. Then of course, there is waiting for the cinema to start.

You might be challenged at finding the perfect time for meditation too. Sometimes we make excuses not to meditate, because we canít find the time for it. Just look at the little cracks of in-between time, like the post office waiting line, for moments of silence.

The woman in front of me hasnít figured it out yet. And, boy was she hot. She must have wasted our time for about 10 minutes, by complaining. We both could have had a great meditation! And felt very rested and calm.

But by the time she made it to the clerk, she was reeling. If I had made it to the line ahead of her in the first place, I would have let her go ahead of me after that 10 minutes.

Why not take a moment now and again, when there is nothing else to do but wait. Breathe deeply a few times and just let your mind wander. Donít worry about the time, the person behind you will let you know when to move up in the line!

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***Melissa Leath, author, visionary and metaphysical counselor has taught basic meditation for the past 10 years and has just published her latest book, Meditation, Plain and Simple Workbook. For a Spirituality Newsletter go to: 123 Spiritual Growth, Sign Up for a Free Mini Course in Meditation at Meditation made Easy or for free content for your website or e-zine click here: *Meditation Warehouse*

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