The Train Metaphor 

Train Analogy, Train Metaphor,

The Train Metaphor

Imagine you’re at a train station… Sat there on the side of the platform… Watching trains come and go… Just Waiting for your train to arrive.

Now let’s add another layer to this…

Each train that arrives is a train that is built around a certain thought. And if you get on that train – you’ll feel that thought.

The first train that arrives is the ‘I’m-Not-Good-Enough‘ train.

That’s not where you want to go though… so you don’t get on it. You look through the window and see how miserable all the passengers look.

The second train that arrives is ‘The-Future-Is-Bleak’.

You don’t want to go there either… so you don’t get on that. You watch as many others jump on…then immediately look stressed and worried. That train rolls off into the distance, thankfully.

Another train comes in…

The 4.45 train to ‘I’m-Overweight-And-Ugly‘.

Again, you let it pull into the station and then just pull off without you getting on it. You just watch as the trains pull in… then pull out … and you don’t jump aboard because it’s not where you want to go.


You see a train approaching… And as it pulls in you notice how at peace all the people on the train look.

How they all have smiles on their face and just look…content.

You look up at the name of the train…

It’s the 3.20 to ‘Everythings-Going-To-Be-OK‘.

That sounds like somewhere you’d like to go…

So you jump aboard… and immediately feel a deep sense of relief. Everyone on board is smiling at you as you find your seat.

And as you pull away… you can see the difference between everyone on this train… and the people who were aboard all the others.

This metaphor is how life works.

You can’t choose your thoughts…

…but you can choose which ones to get on board with… and that will create your experience…

If you really let this settle in it is life changing…

kind regards

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a fully trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. The creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Mind Transformative Guide, Mindfulness Trainer, Published Author and the creator of The Revive & Thrive – A Positive Mind Training

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Dhamma Tāpasā is the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas a fully trained and former Buddhist Monk who now Teaches & coaches the Art of Positive Thinking to Transform Your Mind.

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