When I was working in El Paso I had a 15-mile commute to work (not bad). I like to use my time in the car to process the morning thus far and to ground myself so that I can start the workday on the right foot. I found that even though I engaged in spiritual practice early in the morning, I needed something else to propel me forward for the day.
I know this may seem like a winding road, but stick with me and we’ll get there.
I had gone to the store one evening and decided I wanted some new music. I find that music frees my mind and spirit and puts me in a good mood. I saw the soundtrack for the movie “Joyful Noise” and even though I hadn’t seen the movie, I’d heard snippets of the music. I love Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah so I though it would be a good purchase.
It was quite a surprise when I listened to the entire soundtrack and found it very uplifting. They had created a soundtrack that could be used in spiritual venues across the world. I especially loved four tracks in a row that provided me with the feeling of “giving thanks and praise”.
Listening to these four tracks on the CD, in my car, on the way to work, provided me with my own portable chapel. I could sing as loud as I wanted, could repeat a song that I needed to hear again, and revel in the good feelings spreading through my body. I felt as if I had expressed myself musically, and simultaneously created a sacred space and a container for my spirit. I felt rejuvenated when I got to work and the start of the day was blessed.
It’s amazing how something so simple as the confines of a car and some music can create a space that is special, uplifting, and sacred. It’s amazing how simple it can be to find that place in your heart and soul to express yourself and to release what might be holding you back in the moment.
When facing adversity in your life whether it be illness, injury, or any other life transition such as loss of job, ending a relationship, etc. it’s crucial to find those places to give thanks for what we have and to muster the strength, courage, and tenacity to move forward. Having a portable chapel, like the one I created in my car, gives me the freedom to give my body, mind, and spirit a place to connect and fortify myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Have you ever created a portable chapel? Where do you find those places to fortify your body, mind, and spirit? I’d love to hear your experiences…Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org