Lying in bed this morning listening to the traffic fly by on Raleigh’s Beltine it hit me; the cars/trucks/motorcycles are like thoughts. We hear them coming, then their noise seems like it’s right on top of us, and then it recedes as the vehicles move away from us.
Let’s think about this…we don’t stand on the side of the Beltline, wave that busted muffler clunker over, and ask the driver to rev it up while we pick an argument with him or her…but we’ll do that in an instant in our thoughts.
We’ll wave down a worrisome, troubling thought and wallow in it for minutes, hours or days. And, we’ll keep doing it over and over. It’s as if we’re comfortable climbing into the backseat with that headache or heartache and looking at the driver and saying, “Ride us around for awhile…and, by the way, play The Allman Brothers’ ‘Whipping Post’ and turn it up REAL loud.”
One of the basic thoughts of meditation is to simply let thoughts go when they enter your mind. I’ve found that VERY difficult to do. But now, with this example, I think I can get better at letting a thought go. I just visualize it as that beat-up old jalopy cruising away from me…and the headache/heartache is driving it.
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