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Some thoughts on getting old and travelling by bus

I am 61 now, and so I get free travel on the buses in Swansea where I live.  I still have to work though, but instead of getting stressed out in the car, I get on the bus.

I have a lot of audio books by Jack Kornfield – and he recommends practicing the Loving Kindness meditation (the Metta), on planes and boats and trains etc.  So that’s what I’ve started to do. I do the loving kindness meditation for me (you should always start with yourself), everyone who gets on the bus, the bus driver and extend it outwards until it’s a loving kindness meditation for anyone who happens to be on a bus – wherever they are in the world.

To be honest with you, until I started doing this, I had never really had much experience of positive energy (although I have always believed it existed), but believe me – by the time I get off the bus, I am much nicer than I was when I got on.

I’m sure you all know the Metta – there are lots of variations – but I use these two (I’m giving you the ‘ I ‘ version, because you should always start with yourself.  But then you can extend it to whomsoever you choose, like ‘man on the bus/lady on the bus’:-

May I be filled with loving kindness.

May I be free from suffering.

May I be at peace.

May I be happy.

Jack Kornfield varies this a little, and I like to use this version too:-

May I be filled with loving kindness.

May I be safe and protected.

May I be healed and strong.

May I live at ease, with a free heart.

I don’t know how you get to and from work, but next time you are stuck in traffic, why not say a Metta for everyone, everywhere, stuck in traffic?

Love and blessings to you.

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