Embrace Reality and Let the Universe Fulfill Your Desires
Law of Attraction and Intention Manifestation
As the PATH train pulled up to the Newark NJ Penn Station platform, the customary mad rush to the doorways began. Everyone deadly focused on trying to be the first one in and winning a prized edge seat if possible. I, though, did not have to join the stampede as luck was on my side and I found myself only a few feet from the doorway-to-blissful-seating as the train came to a halt. Then the real fun began.
A small man, probably in his fifties, was definitely a veteran of this commute. I will call him Mr. Fiesty. He shuffled and maneuvered his way right to the center of the doors and stood firm with his nose barely inches away from the entrance. His feet were placed just right too, like an Olympic Sprinter on the blocks and he was ready to race to the gold medal seat. On his right side was me and on his left side was a gentleman, who was giving a lively running commentary on everything that was happening. I will call him Mr. Commentator. Behind us was the rest of the herd, their hearts burning with jealousy or course.
“The other side doors will open first, you know,” Mr. Commentator said. “They always screw us like that.” He was right about that. The PATH train had a platform on both sides and the other side did always open first. The crowd sadly nodded in agreement.
We all waited for the gun to sound. We waited and waited and waited. None of the doors on either side opened! “Man, this train is already late. It should have left the platform by now,” Mr. Commentator exclaimed getting antsy. By now, the seat configuration visible through the windows had been examined, the crowd configuration around the doors had been evaluated and a strategy giving the best chance of capturing a seat had been formed by everyone. We were all just waiting for a chance to test our master plan. “Man, I am telling you we are going to get robbed!” Mr. Commentator continued. Each crowd around each door looked at each other. All worried that their car was the only one with stuck doors or out of service, which would mean no chance at all of getting a seat. Thankfully no doors had opened, until….
The car in front of us, the first car of the train opened its doors. The crowd there spilled in and there was a sigh of disappointment from all around me. “God Damn it!” We know who said that. But all was not so bad, as the crowd gathered on the other side of the platform for our car headed over to the first car. This was great, it meant we did not have to compete with them for seats, and there would be more for us… boy was I wrong. You see the PATH train cars are all inter-connected and as the first car got full, the passengers started to come into our car and take OUR seats!!! You can imagine Mr. Commentator now. I can’t write all that he said but let me tell you it was not pleasant. Each seat that was stolen provoked an expletive. Each seat that was stolen was like a punch in the gut, the sickness was felt by all. I looked around and noticed that the other car doors still had crowds so at least it was not the worst case scenario where we just had the lemon car.
“I Know it,” Mr. Commentator lamented, “As soon as I leave, these doors will open. I know it, you will see.” But, finally unable to bear the loss of his seats, he and most others moved to the open doorways of the first car. I stood firm though, letting life play itself out. Accepting what she gives, not trying excessively to manipulate reality. My doors did… not open. Obviously, the first car was now full as I saw Mr. Commentator and Mr. Fiesty enter my car and then… continue on to the next car! You see they had calculated that the crowds entering car 2 from car 1 had taken the gold medal edge seats and even occupied the decent silver medal seats, but that car 3 would be empty with gold medal seats in abundance. Mr. Commentary was full of joy and relief as he swiftly passed me and my closed doors. Thankfully for him, his premonition had not come true when he left for the open doors of car 1. The veteran Mr. Fiesty, still deadly focused, was hot on his trails as they rushed into the connecting section between the 2 cars. At that instant all the doors opened!!!
I found a bronze medal seat. It was really not bad. I did not have to do shoulder combat, elbow combat or outer thigh combat and was able to sit very comfortably. Just then the inter-connecting doors of my car slammed back open and back in raced the Mr. Fiesty. There was only one more seat left, bronze medal quality of course, but a seat nevertheless and he immediately attacked it and sat down. He must have won every Musical Chair competition he entered. You know who was right behind him don’t you. Yes it was a fuming Mr. Commentator. He rushed back into car 2 as well, but… too late. I looked across at Mr. Fiesty and man he was engaged in a furious shoulder war. He had got the last seat in the car and, as expected, it was between 2 giants. I don’t think they even felt his shoulder blows, or saw his aggressive scowls. In any case, there was nothing they could do as they were just big and needed the space. I looked up at Mr. Commentator, he was laughing, but, was certainly not happy. “I got screwed,” he kept repeating loudly.
Just then another gentleman entered our car through the inter-connect doors and had to squeeze past the very unhappy Mr. Commentator. “What are you staring at!” Mr. Commentator yelled. “I think you look a Uni-bomber,” he continued. The alarmed gentleman moved on, not sure what had so upset Mr. Commentator. I knew. He failed to relax in the face of a small storm and tried to manipulate life instead. To make matters worse, at the end, he also got too greedy.
Moral of the story, Relax and try be at Ease with Reality. No matter what life throws your way, see if you can say That’s OK, No Problem and not be too disturbed. I have 5 principles I live by and this is principle Numero Uno, Number 1. Staying relaxed and accepting reality and life as it unfolds as best I can. All around everyone is trying to constantly manipulate things. Force it to mold into how they think it ought to be, so they can eventually extract some small pleasure from it. In this never ending pursuit of creating favorable selfish scenarios, they are endlessly stressed out and easily upset. Expand your mind, just tell life, “I am ready for the adventures and challenges that you see fit for me, lets boggie.” Then you and life start to dance together, rather than be in conflict. Then all sorts of things open up and come your way. You develop a deep trust and love for the Universe and she reciprocates and takes care of you, fulfilling your desires.
Thanks for the story.
I know that specially the last paragraph comes directly from your Heart. :)
Glad you are enjoying the stories. Your advice is great too. Simply, thy shall be done… perfect.
Thanks for sharing.
Dear Anmol, liked the story with deep meaning the most!! i have read such motivative spiritual sentence somewhere and trying to follow it – I just ask Him for something and then say if this is good for me according to you, pls. bring it or something better to me – let thy will be done!!”
in quite many cases, i have found amazing results just by letting His will work for me as it is fact that we humans are quite short sighted and He knows better what is better for us!!
Your presence is much appreciated on the Mastery of Meditation Blog. Thank you for your thoughts and I know they come from a background of much experience in working with others and helping them. I agree being at Ease w/ Reality is certainly not always easy to do. I find those that practice meditation most capable of not being disturbed by the storms that life likes to test us with.
Relax and try be at Ease with Reality is a wonderful, but difficult goal to have. Life can be so much easier to live with acceptance.
Thank you for your feedback and contribution. Your presence and energy on Mastery of Meditation is most appreciated.
The simple attitude of going with the flow, as you have pointed out, is really so key in being able to drink the nectar of life.
Humor is always a great tool to use to teach lessons. Going with the flow instead of against it definitely releaves stress. I would rather go through life your way rather than the way of either Mr. Commentator or Mr. Fiesty. Your way is much more joyful.
I love this one. It is a very funny story, yet gives a very profound tip to live our life stressfree.
Very funny – you managed to give us the right lesson in a very jovial way. Good job.
You hit the nail right on the head – as a matter of fact your comment would make a perfect title for this article as well… If you go with the flow, the flow will go with you! Beautiful words.
As someone who’s done the rush hour commute on the NJ Transit rails, I’ve got to say… this was HILARIOUS! This had me laughing out loud! Thanks for the reminder that if I go with the flow, the flow will go with me :)
If only everyone could stop being so serious about the game of life and see its lighter, joyous and adventurous side as you have pointed out, our world would certainly be a very different place to live.
I love that quote about telling life, let’s boogie. There is so much joy available to us in every moment… and your stories always remind me of this.