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The Taxi Driver’s Advice

by Annia Baron
The Taxi Driver’s Advice

There’s a scene from a movie in which a woman is crying in the back of a taxi. The character has just realised that she means nothing to the man she thought she loved. The driver notices her tears and begins telling her about his life in India. He encourages her to try a helpful practice. Not in the mood to engage, she reluctantly asks what it is. He answers,

“Happy. Thank you. More please.”

The driver goes on to say that happiness is our birthright and through this decla­ration, we shift our attention to what we have and trust that the intention to grow and be better for the world will be heard. However, many of us find it difficult to ask for what we want. We feel guilty and worry about appearing greedy or unde­serving, especially when we know about the ongoing suffering of others. The truth is, by asking the Universe (or whatever strengthens your life force) for more of what you desire, you create a vibra­tional frequency that emits a powerful signal. This force field is like a muscle. It strengthens every time your good inten­tion is honestly enacted.

This doesn’t mean you’ll be immune to disappointment or hardship. “Happy, thank you, more please” acknowledges that these are a part of the human con­dition that connects us. It also reminds us that we can choose where to shift our attention. And where attention goes, energy flows. With practice, we make room for the difficulties we face and simultaneously nurture our blessings.

When lower vibrational frequencies, such as the feeling of resentment, is pulling our attention, it blocks the transmission of receiving what we seek. You may say you want more love, health, wealth, or joy, but if you haven’t released this negative energy, the incorrect frequencies will pick up on it and bypass your request. This doesn’t mean you need to fix everything in your life before you can ask for what you want. The taxi driver’s advice simply asks us to tune inwards, acknowledge all that is there, and enhance our awareness of what we are trying to create. We can practise this no matter what we are going through or the place we’re at on our healing journey. The more we apply it, the greater we honour the magnetic muscle within us. We start feeling heard. We start building trust and a deeper connection to ourselves and others. Instead of feeling as though we’re pushing through hard times, we begin to feel as though we’re moving with them – like floating in the ocean, moving up and down with the waves instead of feeling as though they’re crashing over us.

Let’s try it together.

Wherever you are, take a moment to think about something you treasure – a person, place, or an experience. Tune into the sen­sations and emotions that arise when you bring that to mind. Does it make you feel warm? Are you feeling lighter? Do you notice any softening in your body?

At the same time, I want you to look around and see everyone as equal to you – similarly deserving of love, kindness, prosperity, and peace. Allow yourself to really see that. Now ask, what would make me happier? What do I desire more of? What would make me my best self for others and the world? More patience? More acceptance? More rest?

With that in mind, I invite you to make your declaration. Have the bravery to say it right here, right now (and extra points if you do it out loud).

“Happy. Thank you. More please.”

No matter what you’re going through, remember…Happiness is your birthright. Have the courage to choose it.

Annia Baron is a Clinical Psychologist & Mindset Coach. Want to learn more about mindset tools to create a life you desire and deserve? Get in touch on Instagram @anniabaron or visit www.remindyour­self.com

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