Every day these days, I play words with friends, also scramble, on the ipad with a variety of friends and family. The games are not a total waste of time since according to the people who study these things, allegedly I am strengthening my neural networks and keeping my brain plastic, or so they say.
Likewise I'm keeping my ego in check since my sibs in particular but also a couple of very sharp minded friends, not to mention my nephew Alex, regularly whip my ass. Winning seems very important to some. I asked my sister why it's important to win, what's the point - since it is JUST A GAME. She said it's like finding a $5 bill in your pocket. I really get that. Very cool.
I find four-letter words boring. I wonder why. In fact, I prefer three letter words which perhaps at least partially explains why I mostly lose the games. A friend tried to convince me that it's the one syllable word I find boring, but that's not true. Five letter, one syllable words are excellent. Six letter, one syllable words are fabulous, like GROUND for instance. I love that word.
Sometimes when I'm supposed to be meditating, in my mind's eye I see game boards. Letters appear and disappear, forming words and their variations. When I realize what's happening, I remind myself to return to my breath. But within seconds, I'll inevitably "see" many forms of an excellent six letter, one syllable word, i.e.
In Buddhism there are five hindrances to concentration: sensual craving, anger or ill will, boredom, restlessness, and doubt. I wonder under which heading the word distraction would fall?
As you can imagine, as I fall sleep I see five letter words of one syllable, in many forms
I guess it could be worse, hey? ("Worse" is an excellent five letter, one syllable word.) I love the word "hey." I like it better than "hay." Don't ask me why!
Happy, happier, happiest Monday, y'all. I hope for those of you who meditate that you had a calmer practice this morning than I did. Oh yeah. Shalom.
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