Its funny how the benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness sneak up on you. I was riding in the car with my family one afternoon, deep in thought. I have no idea what I was thinking of, but I was not present in the car with my family - I was somewhere else. I then felt myself getting annoyed at the sound of my son's voice as he narrated every move he made while playing Minecraft on his device. This continued for quite some time and I was just about to ask him to stop talking when I paused and became aware of the moment. I saw that he was enjoying himself, things were humming along nicely in the car and I thought, "there is enough space for him here.... I'm getting annoyed because my view is too narrow and closed". I took a breath, and connected with the wide open expansiveness of my own mind in which there was room for so much more than whatever it was I was brooding about. I no longer felt annoyed and my son happily continued to share his journey in the Minecraft world (especially since he is allotted only so much time for video games, it was nice he was able to enjoy his time).