I love that one of my good friends is a city bus driver. She is a marvel of a woman and dedicated deeply to knowing herself better and conscious awareness. She has wild curly hair and the disposition of a wise woman. We laugh a lot together, mostly at ourselves and find humour at God's big jokes that are usually at our expense. She is truly one of life's treasures and a deep soul.
So one of these visits together, we got talking about life and the experience of our thoughts. How we can get carried away with life's dramas studying who did what to whom and how our self ritious selves have somehow been caught up in this. Our higher consciousness all the while just sitting in the corner waiting patiently until we realize nothing really matters that much.
Then we toil trying to figure out the mystery and unpin the long held conditioned patterns of reaction. We study each of the players, what they did, how we reacted and so on. All the while, not realizing that we have let our minds spin intoxicatingly out of control. How delicious it is to rehash these impositions and find our way to perceived spiritual superiority.
As we muck our way to higher consciousness I introduce the words of author Byron Katie who asks "who's business are you in? Your business, other peoples business or God's business?"
And then she gets it with a burst of laughter. She says "while I am driving the bus, I sit there thinking about all of these things. Going over every detail during the long course of my shift. But who is driving the bus? I'm not. My mind is in so many different places. I need to focus on driving the bus and stay in my own business!!"
Do you ever find your mind is constantly running, full of thoughts and preoccupied with the people in your life? Staying in your own business is an essential part of becoming unbusy on purpose. Paying attention to your thoughts and recognizing how out of control they can get, is the first step to opening up some space for a relaxed mind. When your mind is unbusy, you have more room for creativity, inner peace and the ability to make a lasting difference. When you are at peace you begin to feel meaning in everyday moments, and the experience of joy.
How can you focus on your bus?
Bring your attention to the moment. Catch yourself as your thoughts drift off and remind yourself to be in the moment.
Focus on one object, your breathe or a mantra. Using tools such as these can really help to centre you and bring your mind into one space.
Set an intention. Use the power of your mind to focus your state. Setting an intention to be in the moment, can assist you as you learn to bring your mind back to centre.
Post up notes and reminders. Write on your mirror, put up sticky notes, set a reminder on your phone, reminding you to stay present.
Enjoy the ease and joy that comes with being where you are.
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