He was just a few decibels shy of screaming. It was the end of a long day and his shouting was more like mini sonic booms. Shattering the silence and startling all the passengers on the subway car.
For me this wasn’t anything to raise an eyebrow over. After spending three months in a mental institute you become pretty fearless.
So to be locked on a subway barreling through the darkness with a man shouting about political conspiracies didn’t register high on my fear-o-meter.
But for everyone else on the subway that day, let’s just say that they were a little on edge.
It’s moments like these that I remember that each and every one of us is a tiny little radio tower. We’re sending out and receiving signals all the time. And that our mere presence can have a profound effect on our environment.
Author Lynn McTaggart reminds us that, “What the latest biology actually demonstrates is that we are sending and receiving energy to everyone and everything, in every moment.”
Today this gentleman was having a rather shocking effect on these people. Every day folks who were just trying to get home to their families and loved ones after a long day at work.
So I wondered if there was anything that I could do to help flip the switch on this maniacal man’s mood.
I stood next to him, took a deep breath and within my mind I said, “I love you” and I resonated that love from every fibre of my being.
The effects were immediate.
He stopped screaming.
Silence and relief filled the air.
He shuffled off towards the end of the car and struck up a pleasant conversation with some passengers. And shortly after that he proceeded to quietly get off the train. Not without waving goodbye and saying, “I hope you have a great day” to his new found friends.
Now I don’t recommend that everyone go stand next to the crazy guy on the subway. I don’t think that’s the most skillful thing for you to do on your way home from work.
But I do believe that everyone can and will benefit from the inner peace that you cultivate and nourish within you. That’s what Thich is pointing to here. That all of society will benefit from our peace.
This isn’t about holding hands and singing kumbayah’s around the campfire. It’s about the fact that your state of mind effects the world.
And that through the practice of meditation and mindfulness you can touch that still point that’s within each and every one of us. You may not notice these changes in yourself at first – but over time you are bound to transform into a totally new you. You’ll resonate at a different frequency. One that resonates love, peace and joy.
Keep being Buddhaful!
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