How to Be Creative While Sitting in Traffic

By Jeannine Wiest, Certified Craniosacral Therapist

Daily commutes can seem like wasted time when stuck in traffic. As a Craniosacral therapist in a suburb of Los Angeles, I’m fortunate to have no daily commute anymore.  But I used to listen to audio books when I did have a commute.  

While that’s more productive than listening to bad news on the radio, I’ve come to realize that I was taking myself away from the present moment by listening to those inspirational books all the time in the car.  I was missing out on my own creating, my own inspiration opportunities.  What do I mean?  

Traffic creates stress.  We expect that.  We don’t like it. We numb ourselves to it. We commiserate with others over it.

I listened in traffic to Ekhart Tolle’s Power of Now but I was anywhere but in the Now. Clients often rush in stressed out because they’re a little late and bemoan how slow the journey was. They are either mad, overwhelmed or frustrated and resigned that they missed part of the calming of the central nervous system we do in Craniosacral sessions.  The bad guy is the damn traffic.

It got me thinking. Since perception is ours to change, since we’re always creating our lives each second of every day…why not make traffic an ally?  I can hear some of you snickering. But, wait.

Let’s say you’re stuck in traffic on the way to your craniosacral session (or a meeting, audition, or presentation.)

What if you were able to fully practice the three levels (physical, metaphysical and metaphorical) and” be here now” even in a situation that no one really wants to be in, but that most of us do find ourselves in?

I came up with several sensory and imaginative exercises that would facilitate a change of perception and allow you to arrive at your destination less frazzled and in alignment with your creative self, fully aware and able to solve problems or attract the higher vibration energy in the people you have to work with (or want to bring into your life!).   Here are two of those exercises.

Remember as a kid on long trips you’d look for and count all the blue cars to engage your mind? This is a more sensory, all encompassing version of that game.

First, try truly seeing the landscape around you. What’s on either side of you?  Close, beyond that car, what’s off in the distance?  Are there hillside houses?  Chain-link fences?   How would someone find it just by sight and your description?

If you exited the freeway (or turnpike, or turned off at the next intersection)  how would you describe the terrain to someone who’d never seen it? If it’s unfamiliar imagine what it would be like if you’d grown up there? Use only your senses.  

Have you ever seen those marketing signs that say “If you lived here, you’d be home now?”  Play that game.  How would your life be different if that was true? Detail it, really imagine what that reality would look, feel, smell, taste like. Try it out at a few different exits as you slowly pass them by.

Does the area seem to bustle? Is it rural? Are there skyscrapers or dilapidated buildings?  Are there men working on roads? Really look at one worker as if you had to give a detailed description of who you saw so the police or a search party might find them.

Another way to be creative in traffic is to either find nature in a concrete city or find man made technology in a rural environment. Do some treasure hunt work. Your breathing will shift and you might surprise yourself.

One client was certain she would find nothing of nature on her commute. Then a truck filled with palm trees passed her and instead of being upset at being cut off she laughed.

Questions? Comments? Leave them below!



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