Affirming Summer Happiness
“Give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July, and the song of crickets on summer humid nights, and the rivers that run, and the stars that rise, and the rain that falls, and all the good things that a good God gives.”
— Ann Voskamp
Affirmation: I am so grateful to breathe in this season. I am soothed by the sound of cicadas. I attract new and exciting adventures every time I feel the warmth of the sun.
Road trips are one of the true hallmarks of summer. It’s a chance to pack up the car, pull out the atlas, and see what small town America has to offer. From the world’s largest ball of twine to a 1,700lb chocolate moose, the random road trip pit stops are silly fun, but are they renewing your spirit? Never fear, you don’t need to go on a retreat to discover an awareness of the world and energy around you. It’s easy to turn any car ride into a spiritual road trip with these three techniques that will help you calm your mind, find inner peace, and learn more about yourself.
1. Bullet Journaling Stop
Follow tiny hand-made signs along the side of the highway. Is the universe trying to tell you something? Or is the sign for “Fresh Corn” nothing more than that? You’ll never know until you get off the beaten path, and follow the arrow. Sometimes you have a revelation, and sometimes you end up with a cooler full of fresh veggies. Either way, it’s worth the detour, and bullet journaling keeps you in the moment without taking too much time.
2. Guided Meditation Stop
Most people spend a road trip driving during the day, but there is a soothing peacefulness to driving at night. Use the Star Chart app to identify the stars and planets you see in the sky, and have a talk with God while you’re at it. He’s a good listener. At the next driving break, take a few minutes for a guided meditation. The healing properties will calm any lingering anxiety or stress that is clouding your spiritual journey.
3. Soul Stroll Stop
Stop the car, and straddle a state line. Now walk that line, and listen to some music with empowering mantras. What thoughts come to you as the music ends? Are you pondering the differences on each side of that line? Or have the positive mantras helped you realize that there is no divide too large that can’t be bridged with love?