Mindful Driving: Transforming Your Car into a Calming and Spacious Sanctuary
- May 15, 2023
Cars have become one of the most important daily necessities in our world today. The use of cars has dramatically increased around the world, especially in cities where congestion is widespread and distances are long. At the same time, we are polluting the environment, which is a huge cost that we pay for our health, the health of our children, and their future on this planet. When we can’t change the situation around us, we can change what’s inside of us, rearrange our thoughts, and improve our own spatial energy, and this applies to the experience of driving a car. Ideas can help you maintain your balance while driving and find solutions to problems that may encounter you on the road. In congestion, we cannot change anything or solve traffic problems that occur around us, but we can change our view of the situation and change the energy of the place inside the car. This helps you relieve the psychological pressure resulting from waiting for a long time because of the crowd, by imagining that what happens outside is like a game or a representation. Some changes can take place inside the car that will improve the internal energy of the car, which is reflected in our psychological state. These changes include:
- Air and scent:
Use natural scents that help stimulate the brain and improve the human psyche. There are small glass containers that contain natural oils, and they are specially designed to soften the air inside the car. Some of the oils that help improve the psychological state and a sense of calm and relaxation are lemon oil, orange blossom oil, and rosemary oil. Beware of industrial fresheners; they contain harmful chemicals that, even if they smell nice, enter the respiratory system and cause damage over time, as well as allergies and headaches. You can make a freshener from thick cloth as shown in the previous picture, put some drops of essential oil on top of it, then hang it inside the car.
- Choosing close destinations and organizing trips to find nearby attractions is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also has several other advantages. First, it helps to save money on fuel costs. This is especially important if you are driving a car that has high fuel consumption or if you are on a tight budget.
Secondly, shorter trips mean less time spent driving and more time spent enjoying the destination. You can explore your local area and discover hidden gems that you may not have known existed before. This can be a great way to connect with your community and learn more about the history and culture of your area.Additionally, shorter trips can be less stressful and more relaxing. Long-distance trips can be tiring and draining, but a short trip to a nearby attraction can be a great way to unwind and recharge.Finally, choosing closer destinations can also reduce your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment. Cars are a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and driving less can help to reduce these harmful effects.To find nearby attractions is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also has several other advantages. First, it helps to save money on fuel costs. This is especially important if you are driving a car that has high fuel consumption or if you are on a tight budget.
- Cleanliness and arrangement of the car:
Clutter is the number one enemy of space energy, whether you’re at home, in the office, or in the car. Always organize the things you don’t need in your car and rearrange them permanently. Chaos creates negative energy in the place where it is located, and this creates an atmosphere of depression and tension. Organize things according to their place, put rubbish in a special place, put papers in a special folder, and put money in one easy-to-use place. It is also important to keep the car carpet clean; we put shoes on them because they are full of different energies, including negative ones that we bring from the streets. Make sure your window is cleaned regularly. If there is a break in your windshield, even if it is simple, be sure to repair it immediately and keep the car clean inside and out.
- Beware of radiation:Beware of using the mobile phone for a long time, studies have shown that increased use of the mobile phone in the car increases radiation, and thus the mobile phone increases its negative impact on human health and energy.
- Pay attention to what you hear inside the car: You can put educational tapes and listen to them while walking to work. There are educational books in the form of audio recordings, so you can complete an entire book within days or a week.Enjoy the music that you like, classical or modern, which helps you a lot in balance, especially calm music.Beware, while walking, listening to news or clips that try to convey negative news.
How do you connect to yourself and bring peace before the drive?
Before the start of your trip, you can do a short meditation session in which you communicate with God and imagine a golden halo surrounding you and your car, protecting you from everything that happens outside the car.
There is also the invocation of travel, which is rooted from Quranic verse that says :
“ Glory is to Him Who has provided this for us though we could never have had it by our efforts. Surely, unto our Lord we are returning. O Lord, we ask You on this our journey for goodness and piety, and for works that are pleasing to You. O God, lighten this journey for us and make its distance easy for us. “
I conclude this topic with an idea that I always think of that helps me in my journey and may help the reader: it is to see that cars are streams with a goal for love, and every driver is trying to reach his destination to the arrival of love, there is nothing in life but love and what is beyond that is an illusion, and thus there is no reason for your anger during the events that pass you through the path.