Before heading out on my travel adventure, I asked a myo-fascial therapist of mine what I could do to avoid right hamstring tension while driving. I have noticed for years that I tend to experience this when I drive a lot. She suggested I look at how I am positioning my right foot to see if I could find a way to use it differently and not stress my right leg. I love my Suburu outback legacy wagon but the way the seat is placed with a console next to the right leg, it seems to keep my hips turned a little to the left, so my right foot can reach the gas and brake, all while my mid to upper back are facing directly forward and this seems to create this leg tension. The therapist also asked if I use my cruise control. I told her how I had attempted for years to use it, moving the cruise control lever on my steering wheel, but not getting the cruise control to work. She asked if I’d read my car manual to see how to work it, and I had to sheepishly admit that after owning the car for 12 years, I had yet to look up in the manual how to operate the cruise control. I had kept thinking that my cruise control must be broken.
So in preparation for this journey, I finally pulled out my manual and looked up directions on how to use my cruise control. The first step turned out to be “push the cruise control button”. I was sure than none existed in my car, sure I must not have paid for that option, although I did possess a cruise control lever. Finally, I looked on my car dash, a dash I had cleaned for 12 years, and there it was….CRUISE!!!!!! Boy did I feel silly!!! So as I pulled away from Seattle, I picked up speed, pushed the cruise control button, pulled the lever down to set my cruising speed and whoosh…my car took over and maintained that speed. It felt like magic, it was so sweet, so quiet, and so EASY!!!!!! As I sailed along, with the car accelerating or slowing down as it needed to, with no physical effort on my part, I got to wondering how many other ways I have failed to see the easy way to do things, how many other ways I had made things a struggle?
I started judging myself for all the ways I had made my life hard, all the times I had failed to pay attention to guidance that showed me how to just metaphorically push the cruise control button and let Spirit take over, and like Lola Jone’s by line to her book THINGS ARE GOING GREAT IN MY ABSENCE ….”Let go and let God do the heavy lifting”.
Years ago my son and I were living in Rico, CO. We decided to cut our own Christmas tree, so I grabbed my saw and we headed out on our cross country skis, skied down the long steep snow packed road and headed into the forest. We found a great tree right away, but as is normal, decided we should keep looking. We skied for hours looking from one tree to another, seeking the perfect tree. In the meantime, my son mildly strained his ankle and broke one of his poles. Then, he began to complain. As we finally skied back to tree number one (of course), deciding that it was the best one after all, I sawed it down, lost my saw in the snow, as it was now almost pitch black, and we began the long climb up the road to our house. My son was still lost in complaining, and refused to help me haul the tree, so I was attempting to pull this tree alone, by the trunk, while skiing up the steep hill. At one point, I felt the tree lift, as my son lifted the tip, and we then glided up the hill, almost effortlessly. Again, there was this quiet whoosh, this sweetness, as it became easy with us both sharing the work. We loved the tree so much we kept it up and decorated until Valentine’s Day!
The more I thought of all of this, while driving and enjoying my feeling of freedom in finally leaving Seattle and in being able to use my cruise control, I realized that we all have bought into struggle. It is part of how we have been manipulated and controlled on this planet. We have been made to believe that life is meant to be hard, we are meant to struggle to overwork to provide for our needs, struggle to be safe as individuals and countries. It has all served to keep us separate from each other and from our own divine creative being.
It is now time for all of us to go within and connect with our inner manuals of being, and learn to use our cruise controls that partner us with this amazing creative source that some call God, some call Allah, some call Spirit or Oneness, and allow things to flow…sweetly, softly, easily!
So now let’s just “push the button”, “pull the lever”…and let go and let God!
Katelon T. Jeffereys