I originally posted this story on my Facebook page and it got such a huge response I wanted to share it with you here...
So I’m on my way back from Portsmouth and miss my train by 30 seconds. As I watch it pull away from the station I inwardly complain in my head at the woman who pushed in front of me at Pret 10 minutes earlier, when I rushed to grab my lunch to eat on the train.
Even when I say ‘my train’ it sounds ridiculous. It’s not my train anymore than the salad I picked from the refrigerated shelf in Pret was mine in the time it existed before my hand selected it.
So I wait another 15 minutes and get the next slower train.
As I get on the train, a young lad around 18 years of age strikes up a conversation with me. He tells me he’s just finished his first year final exams at Portsmouth uni and is on his way home. He complains that the weather is not sunny as he hoped it would be for the start of his summer holidays and how that had put him in a bad mood.
I laugh and say to him I love warm sunny weather too, but the weather has no power to make us feel anything. He looks at me and says “are you a psychologist or something?”, I say actually I do have an interest in what creates our experience, and help other people see that too. It makes for a much more contented life when we see how it does work.
Just then 2 more young lads pass us walking up the aisle of the train. Swearing in annoyance at the length of the train. I turn to my new acquaintance and say, “See how they think their mood is dependent on the length of the train?”
Then it struck me. I had done exactly the same thinking I had missed ‘my train’!
See the ego is very persuasive. We have a thought and from that thought we create our reality. That in itself is pretty cool. But where we come unstuck is believing the thought we have is true and accurate, e.g. which train we must catch, the weather we need to experience a good mood, the ideal length of a train etc etc etc.
Life is so much easier when we relax into simply what is, and lose the perceived need for things to play out in a certain way for us to be okay.
I actually enjoyed the longer train ride as the train was very quiet and I got lots of time to read a really good book.
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