"I was on board the Taj Express train bound for Agra, with a stop at Mathura where I would get off. Traveling by train in India is full of rich lessons. The trains go slowly, express or not, and we moved at a prehistoric pace, the countryside creeping by, palm tree by palm tree, until I wanted to open the window and scream. But then something began to shift. Rather than resist the slowness and count the minutes, I told myself a little story. 'This trip is going to go on forever,' I said inwardly. 'This present moment will never end. I've been on this train my entire life, and will never, ever get off. Now what?'
"Meditating on this story, I began to surrender into the rhythms and speed of the train, looking out the window at the passing images without the anger of moments before."
To Practice: Whenever you get in a situation where your anger rises and you want things to go according to your schedule or expectations, slow down and savor the present moment.