They should use a broom*. (The folks using those infernal leaf blowers.)
Yes. Feels true sometimes. I can find stories telling me it is true. I can find others who agree.
No. Just an opinion.
- What happens when I believe that thought?
- I may be fine for a while, but after 10-20 minutes listening to the leaf blowers, I start feeling agitated and annoyed. Instead of enjoying the weather outside, I may go inside.
- I make them wrong and myself right. I see them as idiots. Inconsiderate. Stupid Americans in love with noise and machinery. Imbeciles who use noisy machines when a broom will do perfectly well. Why buy expensive equipment that require fuel and makes a great deal of noise, when a simple old fashioned broom does the same job? Also, using a broom is often quicker, and no time and energy is needed for maintenance, repairs or fueling. I rehearse all of these arguments in my mind, becoming even more sure I am right and they are wrong, making myself more restless and agitated.
- I continue fueling more stories.
- In my mind, there are at least two or three leafblowers going in the neighborhood at any one time. I exaggerate to make the situation more dramatic, to make myself more of a victim, to make them more wrong and myself more right. (There is usually one or more going on at any one time during the day, but not always. And not after dark.)
- I wish I lived somewhere where leafblowers are banned.
- I tell myself I shouldn’t live in the US where people often are noisy, crude and inconsiderate compared with where I am from.
- I experience separation to myself, them and life. I solidify a sense of being separate and located in particular place.
- My body tenses up.
- Who would I be without it?
- Receptive. Spaciousness. Acting without needing drama. Acting from clarity. Staying or going inside with clarity.
- Curiosity. Interest in why they use a leaf blower and what is happening for me around it. Friendly.
- They shouldn’t use a broom.
- They are not. Infinite causes has brought them to not using a broom right now.
- In their own mind, they must have good reasons for using leafblowers instead of brooms.
- It helps me see my own beliefs around this and what I do to myself when I hold onto those stories as true.
- They should use a leaf blower.
- Yes, for the reasons above.
- They must have good reasons for it, in their own mind.
- It triggers my own hangups, allowing me to see them and investigate.
- I should use a broom.
- Yes, and I do. The advice is for myself. I don’t like leafblowers and see no reason for using them, so I can follow my own advice.
- My mind should use a broom.
- Yes, that is very true. When I make the initial story true, my mind becomes crude, noisy, inconsiderate. My mind is the leafblower there. Instead, I can find what is more true for me, and find simplicity. My mind becomes a broom. Here too, the advice is for myself.
- They shouldn’t use a broom.
* or a rake!