Traffic Congestion: Vehicular and of the Spirit

Traffic Congestion: Vehicular and of the Spirit

Marko Basarab, project participant

Monday, 11. December 2017

Tommy Vinh BuiQuiet Time. Never more than now have these words become urgent requisites to cope with the day’s toil and tumult. Taking a moment to bathe in silence and quiet cogitation was something I learned from Initiatives of Change. And my life and internal harmony has been immensely improved for it.

Stealing a moment of quiet reflection or two has never been more important. The rollicking rabble-rousing of the day can easily start to erode at the esprit. It starts to sap and weigh on the soul and become this pervading fog that’s difficult to lift.

But lifted, it can be. And that’s through the frabjous joys of deep introspection. Moments where you just raise the internal ramparts and retreat to the placid places within. It doesn’t take any fancy contraptions or odorous incense candles or monotonous mantras or anything. All it takes is a little resolve and investment in oneself. To just sit and smile and be spirited away to the idyllic meadows of the at-rest mind.

I live in Los Angeles. A city that has layers upon layers of traffic stacked atop one another. The morning commute is just an argy-bargy of troublesome tension, torqued tempers, and turbulence of the mind. But with a little Lamaze-like breathing I can tumble into a tranquil trance that transports me far and away from the unending ocean of brake lights ahead of me. I muster something like harmony inside my little Honda. I may physically be in the carpool lane but mentally I’m lakeside at Caux. And I find myself arriving to work in better moods than when I departed my driveway.

It works wonders. I’m more focused and felicitous at work and, ghastly enough, I find myself pining for the commute back home too.

So give Quiet Time a whirl. And watch your daily consternations slough away like so many dandelion pedals in the wind.  

Tommy Vinh Bui finds himself far-flung and whimsically wrung in a variety of locales. But he’ll call California home where he toils and tries his hand at being a librarian in Inglewood. He served in the Peace Corps in Central Asia and is always devising new ways to be stranded in distant lands and the way-out waters of where-am-I-now?

Like most eclectic Caux characters, I was wayward one summer and found myself aimlessly lumbering into the warm embrace of Initiatives of Change unexpectedly and have been hankering to help ever since. Though I haven’t found myself wandering those hallowed halls in awhile, I’m always well tethered to that haven of harmony in spirit.

Tommy holds an MA in English Literature and an MLIS in Library Science and Information Management. He tinkers with audio cassette tapes in his leisure time.

NOTE: Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole.

Photos of nature by Leela Channer