A friend recently laughed when a screaming child in a cafe made our conversation challenging.

“You’re manifesting this,” he said with a smile.

I knew it was true because it kept happening. Even on a train by myself on Friday, sitting in a near empty car, I was reading when a woman entered at the next stop and sat right in front of me. Within minutes she pulled out her cell phone and began to talk. Did I mention there were a thousand other seats and she chose to sit right in front of me?

At the time I was reading Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, which is about awakening to a higher consciousness. Couple that with the aforementioned meditation tapes that keep coming my way and I think the message remains loud and clear: Learn how to be still, tune out noise, transcend.

I did that day. I’ll take each one as it comes.