Well, there have been many upsetting situations to experiment with since I embarked upon this mission of ‘checking out that junction’. The revelation: the junction is there! It appears you can make a conscious decision to either indulge in that strong emotion, (my mind-lab chose anger to experiment with, because the results can be explosive), or you can choose not to indulge!
Whenever I chose to ‘opt out’ I felt like a winner, as if I had overcome the conditioning of my own thought patterns, the waves of my own moods.
Whenever I chose to indulge in a strong emotion, however, I knew at the back of my own mind that it was not the only way to be, not the only choice I have to feel. I knew that another way of responding actually exists, and all I need to do is to catch myself at the T-junction and ‘opt out’.
Looking inwards is always challenging, as we open ourselves to internal dialogues, sometimes encountering aspects of our personality that we would rather not see. But I think it is also fascinating to see how through a simple process of observation we can make life-changing discoveries and how suddenly observing a negative emotion from a distance can be a truly interesting, winning experiment.
I would really like to say something cool and witty about leaving this T-junction and driving into the sunset, but I won’t.
Instead, I will say: find the crossroad, sometimes go right, sometimes go left, you may trip, you may laugh. And you may just see yourself on the brighter side.
Marta Swiezynska is the founder of The Yoga Project