How To Maintain Positive Thoughts In A Traffic Jam

by Barbara

Traffic

If you drive a vehicle, you probably at one time or another, have been in a similar situation as the one I describe below.
 
Mercury was in Retrograde and there I was, in my vehicle, stopped on the I-10 freeway, on a hot July afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona. A semi-truck filled with produce had jack-knifed in the Deck Park Tunnel, creating a traffic jam for miles. I was on my way to meet a new friend for dinner in central Phoenix. I was able to exit the freeway, back track to another one, only to find myself in another detour from a traffic jam of an accident on State Route 51. Other drivers were traveling on the shoulder in hopes to arrive at their destinations quicker. It took me two and a half hours to travel fourteen miles and of course, I was late to dinner. How could I possibly keep positive under these circumstances?
 
I realize the situation I’m in and I remember I’ve been in worse. I remember to be grateful for what I do have in the moment. I was grateful for a well running vehicle, gas in the tank, a cool container of water to quench my thirst, a blueberry nutrition bar, air conditioning to keep me cool, good brakes and fairly new tires, a cell phone, and the patience to let other drivers pull in front of me. My friend and I kept in contact with our cell phones. I did give her the option that if she felt we could not meet due to her scheduled activities, it was okay with me. We could try another time. My friend agreed to wait for me. I thanked God for all of these things. I prayed no woman was in this traffic with labor. I prayed for everyone to feel secure, calm, cool and patient. 
 
I also chose to be constructive with my “alone” time and meditate with my eyes open. The meditation kept me calm, serene and centered. I remembered, all we have, is this moment, right now. Anything could happen in the next moment. I am not in control, God is. 
 
If I had sunk into the negative and became inpatient, I might have caused another accident to occur. This would have just compounded the situation and I would have felt worse, because now, I would have to stand outside in the heat and never make it to my destination. I would have incurred stress and strain on my body from frustration and anger. These are just wasteful energies. They do not serve us in our highest and greatest good, and promote wellness. 
 
The global consciousness does not need more frustration, impatience, and stress. It needs more light, love and calming serenity. We are affecting the whole planet by our state of being, because we are all connected. If we want the world to be a calm and serene environment to live in, we must be of that same vibration within ourselves. It takes practice and we can do it! The more we practice staying positive, the easier and more natural it becomes within us.
 
Blessings and joy!
 
Barbara Becker
 
 
 
 
 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Giffen

I especially like this post because where I live, trains run on both sides of town and it's common to sit and wait for long periods of time while in the car.  I have read many books while waiting on the trains! LOL  Love your idea of meditating and praying while waiting. I could feel your good energy in this post!

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Barbara

Yes, Martha, reading books is a form of meditation too. The trains are opportunities for us to stop on our path and meditate.

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Val Andrews

Thx Barbara, this post is a great reminder of that fact that the way we 'metabolise' our negative feelings impacts people and situations around us.

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Oluwaseun Babajide

Just what I need.
Thanks Barbara.
-Seun
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Alexandra McAllister

Such an inspiring post, Barbara.  I love what you wrote: "If you want the world to be a calm and serene environment to live in, we must be of that same vibration within ourselves." Thanks you!

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MarVeena Meek (@PsychicMediumTX)

Good tips to remember, I live near Dallas so traffic is always an issue!

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Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com

Wonderful message – and the experiences / insights one can have if they do let go and go with the flow in these kinds of situations can be pretty amazing.

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Vatsala Shukla

This post and the advice resonates with me, Barbara. A few years back when an important highway was being built on my route to work (this involved 45 km commute one way), any traffic jam was a nightmare. Praying that I would get through quickly I once noticed an ambulance in front of me with a very worried man sitting inside. I could see a drip and knew someone needed to get out of the traffic before me. I started to pray that the ambulance would get the sick person to the hospital quickly and made sure I stayed behind the ambulance so that noone could cut in. There is a power in selfless prayers – we found an air pocket shortly after!

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Barbara

Thank you Vatsala, for sharing your beautiful story. The world’s most compassionate and loving sages come from India. India is our hope for all humanity in creating love, peace and harmony on Earth. I hope someday to visit India.

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Carolyn Hughes

What a great reminder to keep calm no matter what we are facing and not to be dragged into a negative response. The highways would be a much nicer place if every driver had your insight and attitude Barbara!

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Sharon O'Day

About 10 years ago, when I was in the middle of a really stressful project, I had a regular visit with a doctor.  He talked to me about the stress, and told me something that changed my life forever:  One major source of stress is getting upset about all those things you cannot change.  When you find yourself tightening up, ask if you can do anything to change it.  If you cannot, let it go.  What a difference!  And that's precisely what you did … 😉

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Moira Hutchison

Great post Barbara!  Many years ago, traffic jams caused me stress – now, I listen to audio books, stare at the clouds in the sky or even do a wee bit of EFT tapping 🙂  It's all a gift in the end!

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Norma Doiron@Start, Grow & Strenghten Your Business ONLINE

This awesome! I see people in fits all the time when I go to the city… people need to learn to relax! 🙂

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Shelley

I spent many years on the southern California in stop and go freeway traffic.  For 2 years of that time, I had a 3 hour commute to work…and stupidly a stick shift sports car.  Motivational tapes and talk radio helped but the best solution I found was to move to northern Idaho where the only traffic jam that exists is due to a herd of elk crossing the road.

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Barbara

Shelley, it sounds as if you followed your heart and moved to a place that is in alignment with your soul. How beautiful!

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Elizabeth Maness (@ElizbethLManess)

This was a great post for me to read! I got stuck in an ugly storm last night and I read your post while I was at the doctor's office . I traveled to my daughter's that was closer than driving home! I missed getting into a flash flood and the dangers of the storm because I thought about what to do and didn't freak out! Thanks for the great advice! It pays to not sweat the small stuff!
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Barbara

How timely the words you needed to hear prepared you for your next experience. You sailed through it with grace. How wonderful Elizabeth!

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Anita

I see folks everyday getting angry and frustrated over traffic. There are things in my life that upset me but not this one, luckily!

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