How to take the imaginary train out of this place

If you were having One of Those Days, how do you like the idea of me being able to ‘take you away from all this’?

Imagine me having the power to whisk you away from your worries.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

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When things aren’t going well for you, the very thought of stilling your mind so the negatives fade away seems an impossibility.

Just like a scratched vinyl record, your thinking gets stuck painfully and repetitively in a loop…

in a loop…

in a loop…

in a loop…

However, while I’m afraid I don’t have the magic powers that would be necessary to send your self-defeating thinking packing permanently, I may have a suggestion that could provide temporary relief.

If you were physically in a place in which you didn’t want to be, you could buy a ticket and get on a train somewhere else.

Granted, circumstances may mean you have to come back later, but for a brief period you could get away from everything.

Now, it may not be practical to head off on a real day-trip at the drop of a hat, but I think you have the ability to imagine yourself doing so.

On a bad day, it might make sense, therefore, to visualise taking a few hours off from worrying.

See yourself buying a ticket, getting on the train, sitting down, looking out of the window as you pull away from the platform.

Really try to see it in as much rich detail as possible, and experience that feeling, however temporary it may end up being, of leaving your troubles behind you.

If you can pull this off, even twenty minutes of calm can give you a sense of clarity and relief.

And of course the great thing about boarding an imaginary train is that it always arrives on time, and it’s never standing room only.

6 thoughts on “How to take the imaginary train out of this place

  1. Lovely thank you. I had a day like that yesterday but forgot to use an escape!
    Reminded me of a technique I learned from a book when my daughter was little. When she wanted something that she couldn’t have the idea was to give her the thing in ‘wishes’. For example she wanted Rice Krispies for breakfast but we didn’t have any in. She’d be going into a tantrum and instead of getting cross and telling her ‘it’s tough’ I’d say “Oh I wish we DID have Rice Krispies. We’d pile the bowl up high and it would be all sparkly. We’d use your special pink bowl and pour the cold milk on and then we’d listen to the snap crackle pop.”
    Now you’d THINK that would drive her further into a strop, but the miracle was it didn’t! On the contrary she would join in the imaginary breakfast and start adding her own wishes.
    Similar thing I guess. It would actually change her mood, which is all we often DO have any control of. Best wishes.

  2. Hi Jon , my imaginary train would take me to the Cascade Mountains ( part of the
    Rockies Range ) where I remember such peace and beauty, even though it was about 60
    years ago that I was privileged to visit there.

  3. Think I want to go with Diana! Sounds wonderful!
    My ticket always takes me to the coves and beaches of North Wales.
    Doesn’t matter what the weather is like…roaring waves or glass-like sea…I can be calm…or become becalmed!!

  4. Sally, that’s such a brilliant way to get the child to overcome the ‘want, want’ phase and tantrum! Thank you!

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