The Tube or a Taxi? An Appreciation of Myself and What I Bring

I used to look to others to bring me clarity and support, thinking they had it all and I was the one who lacked in some way. However, since attending Universal Medicine workshops I have come to appreciate the innate wisdom we all have inside and the ability we have to connect to this and share it with people.

I was on my way for a day out in London with my niece, nephew and sister. I contemplated the choice between taking the tube or a taxi to our meeting point. My body felt tight at the thought of the tube and so I opted for the taxi option.

My natural warmth and openness can be felt easily and this evokes a sense of trust in others. Within moments of getting into the cab, the driver and I began to chat. The first thing that struck me was his sensitivity and gentleness. We began to talk and a natural ease was formed between us within moments. He shared a little about his childhood and that he had very few memories and asked me what my earliest memory was. He was amazed when I was able to share my sense of being in the womb and that I could remember the angle, expression and face of my mother as she changed my nappy one time and that the feeling of being put into my sister’s cot instead of my own was a very uncomfortable one.

He was intrigued by my manner, openness and knowing and, through our discussion, he discovered I was a teacher and began to ask advice around children. He was about to be a new father and his wife had only two weeks to go before the baby was due. He began to share more and the joy, mixed with anxiety, was very evident. As he spoke about his wife and how she was handling everything, it was clear that she was emotional at this time and that he was doing his best to support her.

I shared how in life I have often been deeply unsettled by the emotions and energy of others that were needy, angry, curt or harsh; and through my emotional reactions to them, and to life in general, the unsettlement and discontent deepened. This left me feeling disconnected from myself and everyone and everything around me. The Gentle Breath Meditation™ supported me to connect to my essence and from that place I am far more able to handle the emotional outbursts of others and therefore become far less reactive and emotional myself. There is a completeness, a wholeness and an inner stillness felt, which dissolves emotional tension and allows the body to let go. Basically, it allows the body to come to a place of harmony.

On the arrival of our destination, he pulled over and I offered to share with him the Gentle Breath Meditation™ that I had learned from Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. He was very keen to give it a go and a parking layby was the perfect place to stop. As I talked him through the different stages he began to drop, open up and relax. Within two minutes he felt sublime, connected to himself and the stillness he also naturally was. It was truly beautiful to feel his expansion fill out into the taxi and beyond!

I shared that it was important he took time to nurture himself first… then he would have a deeper quality to support his family with. He felt the common sense of this and readily took it on board.

The meditation only took 5 minutes but at the point of saying goodbye we felt such a beautiful connection and a deep warmth and regard for one another. We managed a sweet handshake through the tiny gap of the payment Perspex and with open hearts and joy, we said goodbye.

The choice to take a taxi and not the tube was a good one! I have had a tendency in life to play small and hold back from an old, ill-seated belief that I lack in some way and am lesser than others. This has been debilitating and left me capped, unable to express the true me in the power of gentleness. There was true joy in connecting with the taxi driver and sharing my lived experience of the Gentle Breath Meditation™. To not hesitate to offer truth and simply be me during the twenty-minute journey was a great reflection that not only do I not ‘lack in life’ and that others have ‘the answers,’ but also, when I choose to connect to myself there is an innate wisdom that comes from within, which is a joy to express and share. I have discovered the key in life is to either make the continual choice to connect to the inner essence or to be disconnected from it. The latter brings our turmoil and distress, but the former takes life to a whole new paradigm.

With deep appreciation he offered me a large reduction on my taxi bill… hum, now that’s a great way to travel in London!

By Rachel Murtagh

Related Reading:
What is the Gentle Breath Meditation™?
The Gorgeousness Of It All: Falling In Love With Myself, Others and The World
SOUL WISDOM – Divine Magic at Play!

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610 thoughts on “The Tube or a Taxi? An Appreciation of Myself and What I Bring

  1. Really being aware and being able to appreciate oneself is super important, if you hadn’t felt that way about yourself, really backing who you are and your connection to that wisdom, you may not have connected to the taxi driver as you did if you weren’t really appreciating all that you are and what you bring to others.

  2. Truly appreciating the impact our presence has wherever we go feels like such an important thing to do and with this appreciation we can be more open and intimate with everyone we meet in our day.

  3. Recognising that the way we choose to live will have an effect on everyone is a humbling moment. It’s a joy to read how making the choice to live with Love and openness has such a profoundly beautiful effect.

  4. A beautiful sharing Rachel! I am sure this man would be forever grateful for your time and effort to teach him the Gentle Breath Meditation as taught by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine.

  5. I am seeing how appreciation is a way of life – not just an occasional expression of gratitude to another. The power of appreciation changes lives.

    1. Yes, the power of appreciation changes lives! I am learning too, that self-appreciation is not a mental exercise, but one that has to be truly felt from the body. We are not taught from young how to self- appreciate, consequently we constantly choose to look outside of ourselves for validation and acceptance. Self-critique then replaces the appreciation gap.

  6. I love that you did not hesitate or hold back here Rachel and I am sure the taxi driver felt the same way. It is truly gorgeous the connections we can have with each other throughout the day even if only brief (5 minutes) if connecting from a quality of true love these moments are magical and pure gold. Thanks for sharing this moment.

  7. Today I had another equally beautiful sharing with another taxi driver. Although I didn’t share the gentle breath, we did connect about personal events in our lives and ways of dealing with them. I know we both felt deeply touched by the others honesty and sharing. What if connecting this way with others became our normal, our everyday occurrences, wouldn’t this build a new level of trust amongst us all?

  8. A beautiful sharing Rachel. I love what you have expressed here, so simple and powerful; yes the choice is always ours;
    “I have discovered the key in life is to either make the continual choice to connect to the inner essence or to be disconnected from it”.

  9. Being able to deeply appreciate ourselves is so vital for our health and wellbeing. Appreciation enriches our life and the lives of others.

  10. This is a beautiful sharing, as it is through our connection to our own stillness that we understand there is no separation within us all and that there is a constant pull for us to come together as one.

  11. The only way to release that pattern of believing that we are lesser than another is to keep connecting with ourselves because when we do we get to feel the pure illusion of that belief.

  12. We are never not affecting everyone and everything around us – whether we are conscious about it or not, and whether it is what we want to affect others with or not. When we know there is a choice to be made – whether to connect with our true essence or not, it becomes our responsibility that we are connected and not holding back by making a choice otherwise.

  13. People are just gorgeous and we find them everywhere and if we allow ourselves to just be ourselves with them and just express who we are in that moment, magic can happen, just like the taxi ride Rachel describes here – it’s a joy to feel and see what Rachel shares here that in fact we know exactly what to say when we just simply be ourselves with another.

    1. It’s the tension, doing and stress that keeps us away from ourselves and our ability to fully connect with another. When we let all of that fall away, a natural openness occurs which is inviting for others to connect to.

  14. If we walk around like tiny isolated islands, lost in our own protection and loneliness, we start to identify with our solitary state and forget we are forever connected to all other seeming islands by the sea that surrounds us all.

  15. Lovely sharing Rachel. We all have so much wisdom to share once we connect to people. And we can only truly connect to people when we are connected to ourselves, to our essence, where Joy and Love resides.

  16. What a gem he had in his cab Rachel. Taking moments like these to share what has worked for us to support another should be our natural way and this is such a wonderful example of the spontaneity of it, community supporting community, as the song says “Together we evolve” 🙂

  17. When we remain open to the possibilities and experiences life can bless us with we can develop a solid and caring relationship in an instant with another that can be literally perfect timing for all involved.

  18. There are so many opportunities in the day where people can register the quality of how others live and a simple conversation can make the difference between staying in the same patterns or choosing to live another way. Last week I was in my local supermarket buying some gluten free gifts for a friend’s birthday when I noticed that the lady beside me was a bit puzzled as to what to buy. With a simple smile, she asked what I felt was a great choice as she was recently diagnosed with diabetes and was suggested a dietary plan that included gluten free products. The support was offered without judgement and the woman’s body dropped with appreciation. No doubt making her day and mine!

  19. How often do we stop to appreciate the gifts we give and received from others when we are open to listening and being with one another in equalness?

  20. This is such a gorgeous blog Rachel, I love the magic that can happen when we are open and willing to share all the love we are.

  21. Beautiful sharing Rachel. I too have struggled with the emotions and disturbing energy of others but by building and developing a relationship to self I am finding it so much easier to observe and not react. It is the absolute love when I affirm to myself that it is not my responsibility the hurts and emotions another may find themselves having to deal with.

    1. I haven’t appreciated how much appreciation builds us, our inner stamina and strength. Without it, emptiness fills the void. It would be pertinent, at school, to add appreciation as part of delivering the curriculum as would it be laying an incredible foundation for our students to then go on and live their lives. Without it, we raise a generation with a lack of self-worth. Imagine, with it, just what the outcome could be?

  22. I agree Rachel it is a continuous choice to connect to our essence and with consistency our connection and awareness deepens and we naturally open up to express in a truer way with others.

  23. The simplicity of connection, beautiful and powerful. In connection we don’t know what the relationship will look like in the end, or even what will happen next, yet we don’t need to know as the quality of connection itself guarantees everything…

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