Think about the last time you were stuck in traffic. Imagine it being a trip to L.A. with somewhere important to be, yet the traffic is really horrific: it’s frustrating, irritating and leaves you feeling helpless, hopeless and anxious… like time is slipping by without anything you can do about it. Stuck. Some people live their whole lives in this kind of mess. The traffic is a metaphor for their thoughts, and they are trapped Friday at 5, on the 405. The worst part is, some don’t even know it.
What if you emerged as the conductor of traffic: you could make traffic move by allowing thoughts that serve you to have the right-of-way, while delightfully guiding ones that don’t to take the nearest exit. You can make that happen, but it takes a mindful practice to awaken this power within. Then, suddenly, navigating even the most complicated roads becomes easier. To live your best life it takes a solid navigator, which is one who is not distracted by their thoughts and therefore assertive in their actions. If you remember trying to drive on the freeway for the first time, it can be scary because driving is not a passive task. Just like driving, thinking is not a passive task either, although many of us treat it as such. We often let our thoughts control us, unaware that this is even happening. Metaphorically, this is no different than driving under the influence because there is no consideration of the consequences. There are consequences of mindless thought. To avoid accidents and injuries you must drive sober. To avoid accidents and injuries, mindfulness is your sobriety, and as a consequence you will find yourself at your destination. [Read more…] about A Mindful Practice