Wow, what a few days I've had. Flew out of Heathrow on Tuesday having got on the plane 10 minutes before it was supposed to fly. Readers of a previous post could be forgiven for thinking that I didn't leave enough time and was late, but actually it was due to the extra security checks. I wasn't the last one on either so take-off was delayed by about 40 minutes.
I'm here now though and absolutely loving New York. It all feels strangely familiar to me, as if I have been here before. From the minute I got here I felt completely at home. That could be the fact that I've seen it all on so many films, and I have to say, it really is like you see in the films, there really is steam coming out of the drain covers!
I've been getting myself acclimatised to my surroundings; learning to use the Subway, and studying maps to work out how the whole street numbering thing works, not to mention working out whether Taxis are actually supposed to stop when you're crossing the road in front of them!
Found myself in Madison Avenue today after getting some Portabella Fajitas and a Blue Green Smoothie from Matthew Kenney's Blue Green Organic Juice Cafe (yes I have been eating very well, but more on that later) and taking a stroll through Central Park.
I've also been finding myself a nice little sublet apartment to stay in and I think today I cracked it. I'm really pleased I've found somewhere as it was playing on my mind that I didn't have anywhere to stay for the time I'm here, there's no such thing as a cheap hotel here so that just wasn't an option.
Usually I'm quite comfortable with leaving things to the last minute but leaving without sorting accommodation (the flat I did have sorted fell through at relatively the last minute) did fill me with a certain amount of fear. It was a real fear of the unknown because I've never been to NYC before and didn't know what to expect, right from how I was going to get from the airport to how I was going to get on the right bus for my hotel! Fortunately I've been reading Eckhart Tolle's 'The Power Of Now' which helped me to deal the situation better. Whenever we create psychological time, that is, thinking about the future, we create a space between the 'now' and some illusory point in time. And if we see a future event that worries us ("what if I can't find somewhere to live?!!") we fill that gap with anxiety. That's why we must live in the now, because there is nothing other than the moment we have at this precise point in 'time'. If nothing can be done about the situation we imagine (which is always imagined worse than it is) then don't think about it. In the past I would have told you that is easier said than done but all it really involves is being conscious of the present moment. This also has the benefit of bringing into play all sorts of unseen forces that cme alive when we stop imagining the worst and trust in the Universe to deliver what we really need. Being fully conscious is where it's at!