Cars And The Holy Spirit

2014-08-01 16.22.00I know it sounds weird but I’ve used my car as spiritual companion. I have used it as a vehicle (smile) to spiritual deepening, to contemplative living, to a place where I remember there is the Holy in everything.

Many years ago a seasoned Friend at Quaker meeting had mentioned that she regularly got in the car and purposefully did not turn on the radio. She would drive in silence, thus allowing this to be a pocket of stillness in her day.

I know others who have the spiritual discipline of saying a prayer before they start the car or breath deeply at every red light, and we all know there are lots of opportunities to practice forgiveness when on the roads.

In times of need I have pulled over and used this space for screaming prayers, soaker (tears) prayers, and in joyful times, singing prayers. I have used it as a place to open myself to Spirit. It’s a place where I can use red lights, for instance, as mindfulness gongs to bring me back to my awareness of the interwoven holiness of everything.

I don’t know about you, but I spend enough time in the car so if I can use some aspect of it as a spiritual discipline I figure I’m ahead of the game.

Do you have a vehicle-related discipline?

Travel mercies!

 

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