Monday, November 06, 2006

For Best Results: Drive With Eyes Open!

This post is about me. And I should start out saying that I was, in fact, driving with my eyes open...technically.

Okay. Let me back up a bit. I'm in this singing group at my church called OneVoice. There are eight of us, and we're doing a concert on November 15. This year is a concert all about praise. So, as you can imagine, most of our songs are either praise songs to God or about praising God.

For the past few months, I've been listening to the CD in my car that has all the songs we're performing in order to learn the lyrics. I'm horrible about memorizing words. Music? No problemo. But lyrics take me forever.

Anyhow, now that we are a couple weeks away, I have the songs mostly learned. Flash forward to this morning. I was driving along, singing along with the CD. I pulled up to a stop light. And that is where things got messy. Because I have this horrible habit of closing my eyes when I'm singing. See, when I sing, I'm singing to God. I don't like distractions, so I tend to close my eyes when I'm praising Him. Now, when I'm driving, I obviously must keep my eyes open. But here I was, stopped at a stop light, and so what did I do? I closed my eyes and started singing. I'm not sure how long passed, but next thing I know, the light is green in front of me, and there are cars behind me pulling around me.

None of them honked at me. At least, I don't think they did. But the cars that were in front of me at the stop light were long gone, and even the left-turn traffic from the opposite direction was taking advantage of me just sitting there.

So, I guess the only thing worse than a driver distracted by talking on the cell phone is a driving distracted by talking to God. Or singing to God, in this case.

Lesson learned here. For best results, drive with your eyes open. I'm sure your fellow drivers appreciate it.

4 comments:

Bernard said...

Ryan

If you like singing, can I recommend the CD Awesome God. Great singing and excellent songs.

Warning: do not play this in the car. You will close your eyes, because it's impossible to listen to these without wanting to sing along.

RyanBruner said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I listened to the clips, and it sounds fabulous...and then I checked out the rest of the site, and decided it was time I pulled out my Acapella albums again...and maybe buy a few of their newer ones!

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Martha O'Connor said...

There is a great book I've read called MEDITATION by Eknath Easwaran. It is not geared to any specific religion, but is meant for anyone who wishes to learn how to meditate. A key concept in his book is the mantram-a very brief traditional prayer that one selects and repeats internally as often as possible. Some very popular mantra include the Hail Mary, the Kyrie Eleison, Barukh attah Adonai (Jewish), the Rama (Hindu), etc etc. Well my point is that his program works for any religion.

ANYWAY, Easwaran warns specifically against driving and repeating the mantram! It can be very dangerous to do one's spiritual work while operating a 2-ton machine. :D