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Man on the Subway

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This is a powerful story, adapted from Steven Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people, that explores the dramatic effect of paradigm shifts.
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John
Compassion
It is so easy for us to jump to conclusions without a full understanding of the situation. It is analogous to the “Iceberg”, where we see a small part of it above the surface, but the much larger piece is down below out of view. As someone famous once said “Try to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. I believe we would become far more passionate beings.
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Leila
Man on the Subway
This story just shows that we should always think before we say and not jump to conclusions about what we can see the situation to be but to look deeper into how other people may see it.
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Linda
Man on the subway
I remember hearing this story many years ago listening to audio tapes by Mr. Covey on the 7 Habits. It is a powerful story that illustrates how easy it is to misjudge people and how quickly your opinion can change with more information.
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B
It’s all relative
I need to remember that things aren’t always as they seem. Everybody has a different story and perspective.
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Stefani
Man On The Subway
This story popped up at the just the right time! I was losing my patience and had just put my 2 yr old down for a nap to escape for a little bit. The story grounded me and brought me back to the ways that focusing on the needs of others, helps us to not be so much in our own heads.
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Matthew
You simply never know...
...the pains and tragic situations which surround us every day. It always pays off, in a personal and spiritual sense, to take the time to listen, learn and properly evaluate a situation before jumping to a conclusion or jumping into action. I for one find it amazing the actions of people around me since my massive stroke. They don't understand what I've been through, or my limitations, yet they often behave in wildly inappropriate ways around me! One small impact can send me crumbling to the ground now. When I drive, someone zooming up from behind or passing on my right can cause me much anxiety. I know I have expanded my awareness of those around me, as I much better understand that a person can look just fine on the outside, but still be a complete mess inside! Compassion always will out. Always.
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Katey
Changing My Perspective
I am quick to complain or judge events, people, and most of all-myself as less than perfect, focusing on the negative... but in fact, the very things that I judge as unpleasant or unsatisfactory very well could be things that other people would be grateful to have. I need to start focusing on the positives and shift my personal perspective, because I know, when I take the time to step back as I did today with this meditation, that I have a lot to be grateful for, and have come a long way from where I once was.
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Oliver
Our own wprld
I guess we all get caught up in our own world, important to stand back from our own thoughts and feelings.
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Imogen
Context
There may be something that annoys you, but sometimes you’ve just got to know the whole story to get why it’s annoying in the first place
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Rachel
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there’s always more to a story than meets the eye. -Rachel
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JaDe
Far More Than What You Think...
This story made me reflect on my daily subway rides. I tend to get annoyed by certain aspects that come with riding NYC trains, but this story made me realize that my annoyance may be someone’s happiness or discomfort that is being displayed in a way that I may not understand. This story is a gentle reminder that I should take those moments in stride while using less judgment.
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