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Yesterday was a lovely sunny day here in Melbourne so I decided to wander down to a little quiet park near my work to sit on my meditation cushion for a bit.
I was a little surprised that there was no-one else around as normally there are one or two others eating lunch and enjoying the sun.
Anyways, I was about 3 mins into a peaceful meditation when I hear from about twenty metres away the rant of an obviously mentally disturbed individual. Unfortunately this has become something not so uncommon in the CBD over the last decade or so.
I open one eye and glance around. The ranting continues and I try to ignore it but realise I can't.
Just as I stand up a wild eyed crazy lady bursts out of the bushes behind me and starts shouting profanities at me and threatens to call the police as this was her private property and I wasn't welcome. (She also accused me of being a sex offender (apparently my mum told her this) and that I raped her daughter!)
I started trying to defend myself verbally but realised it was useless. I kept a wary eye on her while I put my shoes on and took my cushion and split! I must admit I was a little shaken!
Not quite the meditation experience I expected when I left the office but it made me realise you need to be prepared for anything when you put your bum on the cushion!