How 3 minutes a day of being still when you park can change your life.
Before you embark on this blog, it is important you realize that you DO NOT engage spiritual practices while driving. That is NOT what this is about! Having dispensed with that disclaimer …
What I am recommending here, is using your car as a space for spiritual practice, specifically when you have parked your car. And there are two key periods each day that you can use it for spiritual practice.
First, is the moment when you have “arrived” at your destination. This is rather a poignant moment because there is the psychological “effect” of having “arrived” somewhere successfully. There is a, Yes”, I did it”, kind of fulfilment to the moment. So use it, spiritually, that is.
Because the practice of spiritual awakening through spiritual practice is somewhat similar, we can simulate the effects of spiritual practice when we arrive some place after navigating through traffic, analogous to navigating our thoughts, images and feelings in spiritual practice.
Thus, we can, if we are sufficiently aware (spiritually, that is), discover a deeper version of ourselves when we arrive at a physical destination after navigating traffic and doing so calmly. That is just as important, not to succumb to any form of rage or irritability as we travel to our destination.
In some sense, we’ve not gone anywhere. Still, there is a sense of a journey to the process. While enlightenment is not “in time”, there is nevertheless a chronological process involved.
Time passes in meditation. And this is time you cannot get back. This is one reason why people sometimes do not meditate. They don’t feel they are doing something “useful”.
And this is why I am recommending that you just spend about 60 seconds to 90 seconds when you arrive some place after driving. Don’t rush out of your car. Sit there and be still for a minute or two.
Discipline yourself to do this, at least twice every time you use your car each day: first, when you arrive at your destination; second, when you return home.
At home, it is natural to want to jump out of your car and into your living space. Train yourself to sit for at least 60 to 90 seconds before you get out of the car. Learn to transition spiritually from your car to your home and you will appreciate your living space even more.
Once you get into this habit, you can start to explore what exactly you can do with these 3 minutes. Meditation is cumulative. Stress is cumulative, too.
At the very least, you are going to feel a lot more relaxed at other times, feel a lot more joy in your life, even if you were to do no formal practice in those 3 minutes.
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Love — RP