“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle
Squeezing time to meditate into your busy scheduled probably feels impossible. But what if you transformed things like your morning commute or walk during lunch into your sacred time to meditate? However and whenever you are able to bring peace into your life, do it. Your modern awakening looks much different than you may think. Just because you may not have the luxury of traveling to the amazon to learn from a village Shaman does not mean you cannot live a more present life.
Transform your morning drive into a time and space for centering and awareness. Once you have shut your car door, take a nice big inhale and then let the chaos of getting out the door go. For however long it takes you to get to work whether driving or by train, make this your sacred space for meditation.
Here’s how to transform your commute into a wonderful, enjoyable experience that sets you up for a great day.
Listen to a Guided Meditation
There is something about a guided meditation that works wonders. Similar to acupuncture, a guided meditation has the power to guide you to the present moment. Here is a great meditation with Eckhart Tolle.
Find your breath.
NEVER underestimate the power of your breath. It might sound stupid, but there is something to it. Breathing is something we all do all the time and never pay any attention to. But breathing is life. It’s everything. It brings you back to the present moment, to your body, to reality. During tomorrow’s morning meditation, pay attention to the life and energy you feel within in your body with each and every breath.
The story of I am
The reference to “I am” in Eckhart’s meditation is so wonderful. Your story is I am…not I was or I will. The present moment is all that we have. Becoming aware of what is real and happening around you is what Eckhart refers to as the “isness” of the moment. It is the only thing that is real. The past is not real anymore and the future has yet to happen. Why worry or think about either?
With a few centering breaths and a calming meditation playing in the background, you can find your way back to the now. Feel your hands on the steering wheel, taste the delicious flavors in your cup of coffee, and see the vibrancy of life that is all around you even on the dreariest mornings.
I now don’t want to leave my car parked outside of my office in the morning. How funny and odd is that? I just want to soak it all in for just a few moments longer. Who would have ever thought a commute could be so enjoyable!