Being stuck in traffic, running late for work, may appear as the most unlikely of situations where one could expect to experience a revelation about their beliefs. But facing an avalanche of personal breakthroughs lately, I wasn’t surprised when exactly this happened to me.
I was an unwilling part to a morning traffic crawl party, City-bound and growling increasingly grumpy at the world. A long queue of cars ahead of me, creeping in the rhythm of stop and go, stop and go, stop and go. I was going forward, but it was hard to let go of an overwhelming feeling that this was a waste of time. How many situations like this put together would account for how many days or even months of my life, I wondered? We usually feel angry and blame somebody else for wastage of time, money or emotions. So I blamed the driver of the car directly in front of me. I mean the guy even had the gall to roll his window down and nonchalantly stick his arm out in the morning cold, tapping with his fingers against the roof of his car, as if playing the drums to a funky beat of music. It’s irresistibly tempting to dislike someone when you’re upset and they’re having fun. You want to ruin it for them. In my life I’ve certainly had my fair share of going to that place. But it’s not fun. Actually it’s degrading and backward.
So despite the best attempts of my impulsive nature and irascible attitude that day, I did something I learned from Hale Dwoskin, author of The Sedona Method.
I simply let go. I let go of wanting to be at work on time. I let go of wanting the traffic to move fast. I let go of wanting the driver of the car in front of me to be as upset as I was. I rolled down my window, put my favourite inspirational speaker’s CD on and let my arm stick out from my window in the same fashion as the driver in front of me did. I felt happy. I was at peace. I noticed how gorgeous the day was, blue skies with only a few feathery clouds here and there. I just let myself be, be as I always am in my pure state of being, regardless of external or internal circumstances. I wasn’t absent-minded. Quite to the contrary, I felt focused and present like never before. I commuted my belief.
I arrived at work fresh and I was on time. I wanted to share my experience with everyone, I wanted to let the whole world know that you can think and act differently. You can unlock and unleash your highest good and consciously take control of your thoughts and actions even in what seem the most mundane aspects of life. From my experience, it’s usually those aspects of life that count the most. So make the most of your life. Commute now.