If you know my family, you know that we love long road trips. They are an excellent way to stay together and discover a new place or go back to the places we loved.
Sometimes we decide to go on a long road trip at the last minute. For example, last year, we decided to leave Dallas/Fort Worth on a Saturday morning just to come back on the following Monday. Small particular: our destination was the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Trust me; this is a long drive (about 12 hours each way).
The truth is that driving for many hours in the long Southwestern or Midwestern American roads is a true meditative and refreshing experience. You are somewhat forced to do nothing else but focus on the road and its surroundings for hours and hours. Whenever you lose your focus for just but a few seconds, you truly have to refocus on the road the same way non-directive meditation suggests to go back to the mantra effortlessly.
The inner mechanics involved in a long road trip allows for clearing the mind from all the baggages that our daily lives and stresses cause to our ego. It’s an opportunity to refocus, and to think actively. It’s also an opportunity to utilize boredom in a creative way, which is an uncommon thing in our eternally connected lives.
I highly recommend that you try long road trips in the emptiest and longest roads you can find. If necessary, just choose backroads. You will feel refreshed.
Expect more posts about road trips!