When I arrived back from China this week I was waiting at the cerb for my driver to pick me up. He was late and it was busy; as I stood and watched all the cars waiting to pick up passengers at the drop off spot at Terminal 3 Heathrow my mind started to think about where my driver could park and even a few judgemental thoughts about people taking up space waiting for someone who was nowhere in sight.
Years ago a friend of mine told me about a book written by someone who had researched people who had become enlightened for a significant period of time. This blog is not about enlightenment as I don’t feel qualified, but I assume it is something like watching this world fall away and something much more real becoming apparent. Anyway he told me in that the majority of the cases he had studied, enlightenment had happened to people while they doing something totally different from any obvious method of searching for a state of bliss and joy. It could be in a bar and two examples were in a pole dancing club but the most seemed to be while waiting, waiting in a traffic jam or in some examples waiting at a bus stop. That would be an interesting study about how many people became enlightened at a bus stop compared with in a church or temple!
So here I was waiting and my mind had become the mind of a traffic warden, hardly the stuff of endless happiness! As I started watching my thoughts and then started really watching what was going on around me, the flow of people and cars, the unfolding movements, I knew in all this there was the hand of the Creator, I just needed to watch for it. So much more exciting than having my mind try to control my world with all the stress and anxiety that comes with that.
Happy watching this May bank holiday weekend.