I was sitting there in a long line of cars. I was tempted initially to check my phone while I was waiting. But I thought how predictable that was and the thought bored me. Then I was reminded of something I heard Deepak Chopra say about going "inside". Basically, he had been referring to quieting the mind and relaxing into the moment. I decided to give it a try since I had a few minutes. I relaxed in my seat with my eyes open but my gaze had softened. My shoulders dropped. My breathing became deeper. I felt a sense of inner well being and peace. I was no longer concerned with arriving on time. I was just relaxing. Then, before I know it, the train had passed. I thought, "That went by fast!" And I proceeded along my normal route. Turns out I wasn't even "late". I arrived several minutes before my first student even arrived. Figures.
Funny how we can choose to react to certain situations. Albeit this was a pretty minor inconvenience, my only choice in the matter was how I would react. No, I couldn't make the train go faster by being irritated the entire time waiting for it to pass. Even though this could have been the way I responded. I am glad I chose to respond in relaxation this morning.
Its easy to practice responding consciously when we start with easy things, like how I did this morning. Realize, we cannot control outer circumstances, but we can make decisions like leaving earlier in my situation or just accepting and relaxing when things don't go as planned.
The truth is that life never goes "as planned". And that's okay. Often times what we think we want and what we need are two different things. Plan for spontaneity so that you stay open to life's constant reminders coming your way.