Loving Kindness (in the grocery line!)

I was recently standing in the grocery line feeling agitated. Why is it taking so long?  These cashiers are so slow!  I picked the wrong line. Look how quickly everyone else is checking out! In between the usual recordings in my head, Sharon Salzburg suddenly appeared.  She whispered her words of loving kindness wisdom just loud enough for me to notice.

May you be well

May you be happy 

May you be safe

May you be at ease

May you be free from suffering

I decided to listen to her and quiet my own thoughts.  I took a breath, looked around me, and then passed on loving kindness in my mind to the cashier and to the to the person in front of me.  Within moments, the woman checking out turned around, made eye contact, and smiled.  She shared that it was her adult daughter's birthday and that her daughter was coming home to celebrate.  We had a pleasant exchange, my mood magically transformed from agitation to appreciation, and we wished each other well.

I was astounded by the immediate feedback I received that day.  It's in these moments that I realize how truly connected we all are and how my thoughts affect those around me.  

The next time you are in a stressful situation, consider wishing  those around you well and notice the changes that it creates inside of you and potentially in those around you!