What Consumes Your Mind, Controls Your Life…

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Imagine you are a bus driver. All day long, you pick up travellers. Some are called Joy, Happiness, Peace and Fun.

These travellers create an enjoyable journey and you love having them on board. They are quick to laugh. They make the best of the situation if there’s traffic or if the bus gets a flat.

They point out beautiful and interesting things along the way. They compliment and encourage each other – and you – and they tell uplifting stories. They are generous, loving and kind and do their best to make everyone’s journey the best it can be.

Some travellers are called Fear, Doubt, Unworthiness, Judgment and Sadness. You don’t really want these travellers on your journey, but what are you to do? You pick them up and hope they stay quiet.

But no… these travellers create drama and spoil the mood. They gasp in terror whenever there’s a curve in the road. They gossip. They point out all the terrible things they “know” about the world. They complain about everything. They turn conversations from pleasant to unpleasant in just seconds. They are miserly, they sulk, and they are quick to anger whenever things don’t go perfectly.

As you might have guessed, the travellers are your thoughts. Some travellers are with you only for a very short time. They get on, and they get off at the next stop. Some, though, can ride with you all day long.

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It’s no problem if the happy crowd comes along for the ride. Their presence makes it a great day! But if the grumpy crowd decides to ride the entire route, they can ruin your mood and make you miserable.

Can you keep any travellers from joining you in the bus? No. It’s your job to drive them around. But, you don’t have to be influenced by the grumpy travellers.

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Here’s how to keep your cool, and enjoy the ride no matter who is on board.

1. Ignore them. You can’t exactly ignore a traveller when they come on board, but you can politely acknowledge them and then ignore them and turn your eyes back to the road. Say, “Hello” and let them walk past you to find a seat. Hopefully they will sit at the back, where you can’t hear them – but if you can hear them and can’t seem to drown out their voices, here are a few more things you can do.

2. Thank them. Every traveller is here to teach you something. Maybe you need to learn patience, or compassion, or unconditional love, or non-attachment… there are so many things that the most annoying travellers can teach you! They usually point straight to some self-limiting belief you hold, and they may act as mirrors to something within yourself that you don’t like. Thank them for bringing something to your awareness that will ultimately benefit you.

3. Tell them to be quiet and not interrupt you because you’re busy driving. This one takes a lot of persistence! But – it’s your bus, your rules. You don’t have to allow them to distract you. One great technique is to say “Not now, I’m busy!” or some such command, when a thought intrudes into your concentration (or a traveller keeps pestering you with annoying conversation). You alone decide how much attention you’re going to give a traveller – and how much priority you will give them over what you are doing or want to talk about.

4. Encourage the happy crowd. Interact more with the happy travellers. Give them far more attention than you do the grumpy travellers. Eventually the grumpy travellers will realize that they don’t have much influence and they will quiet down. This will take persistence too, but it’s worth the effort.

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Wasn’t that fun? Just remember, you are the driver. You may have travellers come on board that annoy you, but if you realize that you are in charge, and that you don’t have to give them as much attention as they want you to (and they can be quite vocal!) then you will eventually discourage many of them from going more than one stop on your bus.

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10 Comments

  • shayne

    Reply Reply October 12, 2016

    Awesome analogy. Again pointing to the power of choice, and that your focus determines your reality.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply October 13, 2016

      Appreciate your comments immensely Shayne, Namaste! – the Project Meditation team 🙂

  • Alexis Lawrence

    Reply Reply October 23, 2016

    thank you. Loved the story. A wonderful analogy.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply October 24, 2016

      Really pleased you enjoyed the blog post Alexis. We appreciate your support and feedback immensely!
      Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

  • Thank You

    Reply Reply November 8, 2016

    “Every traveller is here to teach you something.”

    When one is aware and present, these teachings can be noticed and learned from right away.

    “4. Encourage the happy crowd. Interact more with the happy travellers. Give them far more attention than you do the grumpy travellers. Eventually the grumpy travellers will realize that they don’t have much influence and they will quiet down. This will take persistence too, but it’s worth the effort.”

    Indeed, though the grumpy travellers are a persistence bunch 😉

    Thank You for this post.

  • Wendy

    Reply Reply February 6, 2017

    What a brilliant analogy of the human psyche. I sent it on to a friend who has a psychology degree, she thought it was awesome too!

    Keep them coming reading them makes my day good or bad.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 7, 2017

      We’re so grateful to you Wendy for taking the time to tell us how much you’re enjoying our blog posts and thank you very much for sharing with others.
      The whole team here love to know what helps and what doesn’t so please do keep us posted on your honest thoughts in the future.
      Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

  • Trina Hardiman

    Reply Reply February 7, 2017

    I love the comment that every ‘traveller” is here to teach you something. This is such a powerful truth: every reaction we harbour is only ours because of who we are. Ultimately we are the only ones with power to change that – if we choose to do so. Thank you for your ongoing input in brightening my life, your posts are so often serendipitous in their subject matter!

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 7, 2017

      That’s fabulous for us to hear Trina. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
      The whole PM team value this immensely and we couldn’t agree more with your thoughts.
      The realization that we can choose what thoughts will support us and those that won’t is awesome isn’t it?
      The more challenging next step is consistent practice each time thoughts tend to start taking over. When we master this and make it our new way of being, wow!
      Again … thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback. Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

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