Nothing reminds us how powerless we truly are quite like air travel. Last October I took 18 flights for work. Today, and I’m back at the airport with a new approach.
Try this. It works.
Every time you find yourself slipping into judgement or frustration, bless someone around you. Start with the person who may be driving you crazy.
Own the fact that person has been you on more than one occasion.
In our giving freely of kindness and compassion, we give others what we all so desperately crave.
Watch the lines move faster. Are there suddenly more people smiling and excited to be there?
What experience would you rather have? Frustrated and resistant, or loving and eager?
Below is what I practiced this morning. It may be silly, but it brings us closer to living the teachings of highly enlightened Masters like Buddha, Jesus, Bhagavan Krishna, and others.
A Blessing for Crowded Terminals.
Mr. Obliviously Banging Others with Back-Pack While Boarding… I wish you ease.
Ms. Helpless Parent of Wild Children… I wish you peace. Your children are beautiful.
Mr. Power Trippin’ TSA Agent Discarding my Cologne.… I wish you love. And a couple squirts of that exquisite fragrance.
Lady with Early Morning McRib... I wish you tastiness. We only judge you as brave.
Bro’s with Breakfast Beers… Your giddiness is infectious. I wish you open seats and business class upgrades. And moderation in sculpting an epic buzz.
Last Family in Security Line… I wish you compassion, and justice. Make it fun, somehow.
Loud-ass Woman on Phone Annoying Everyone… I’m only staring because you amaze me. I wish you a megaphone. And love, because everyone can hear you’re in a drama spiral. I wish you resolution, and peace.
Business Traveler Bragging About Reward Points… I wish you Triple Rewards and the Luxury Suite. And more sex.
Slumped Human Blocking Moving Walkway... I wish you healing, and vitality. Reprieve.
Credit Card Sign Up Team… I wish you unending success. Make it rain!
Potbelly Sandwich Engineer… I wish you happiness. You made a freakin masterpiece.
Lost Public Transit Rider… I wish you confidence, and safety.
Smiling Police Officer… I wish you ease, and protection.
Crowd of Humans Glued to Phones (myself included)… I wish you courage; to see this opportunity to truly connect; to make the first move.
All Crowds in All Directions… I wish you ease, and flow.
Let me know how it works below! Where else can you practice some good old fashioned Loving Kindness today?