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Sedona Method Road Trip Releasing Tips

Sedona Method Road Trip Releasing Tips

 

One thing about road trips (and about life): expect change—isn’t that the most appealing feature of it all? TIP: stay open to whatever is unfolding before you. Notice if there’s any wanting to change—and let go!

 

My wife Annrika and I recently completed an enjoyable loop from Sedona to San Francisco, then over to Lake Tahoe and back home. A working vacation, we combined pleasure (we love scenic drives) with business (checking on some of our real estate & coaching from the road). 

 

The last leg began in Bishop CA, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. A jumping off point to the lower 48’s highest peak, Mt. Whitney, and only a couple hours from its lowest point, Death Valley, (talk about change!). Bishop is a kind of “middle ground”, a neutral place, a convenient spot to refuel both body and vehicle, find a motel room, and rest. TIP: In your motel room, notice if there is anything about it you are wanting to change. Be specific: furniture, carpet, lamps, odor, noise. Your releasing (even on “little things”) supports a restful evening; don’t leave it up to the mattress!

 

Getting gas at the ARCO station on Hwy 395, I see a decal on the pump indicating that ARCO is owned by BP…and a judgmental feeling comes up. Right next to the decal is the credit card slot with the instructions: “Insert card and let go”. So, I did! TIP: timely reminders to let go are everywhere!

 

At the same ARCO, I’m inside the station store, buying a bottle of water. The guy standing in front of me at the counter is wearing a tee shirt that reads “Catch and Release” (the area is known for its fishing). He is standing sideways to me, so all I can see is the word ‘Release’…so, I did! TIP: same as above; opportunities for letting go abound!

 

Whether you’re traveling state routes or back roads, every time you enter a city, town or village you’ll be greeted with a “Welcome” sign, like: “Welcome to Bishop”. TIP: so, when you see that sign, why not welcome what’s here now? Welcome what is…as fully as you can!

 

An obvious, but perhaps overlooked, joy of a road trip is when you stop. Whether you actually stop the vehicle, or simply stop identifying as the driver/traveller, just inwardly stop any sense of doing—and simply be. Your road trip becomes an opportunity to be. Just like the “journey” or “road” to freedom, it’s not about arriving at some destination, or about the time and effort spent to get “there”. TIP: It’s recognizing there’s really no place to go, nothing to do, to simply be!

 

Driving past Manzanar, one often WWII Japanese-American internment camps (now a National Historic Site!) I welcome the pictures, sensations and sounds that arise…an image of my Dad as a seaplane pilot in the Pacific (smiling), our neighborhood Japanese gardener (smiling), uprooted and separated families (sad), an American flag and thereactivity that created such a place (judgment), a nice steaming bowl of rice (satisfaction). I welcome the wanting to change it, the judgment, the aversion, the wanting it to be different, the sense that it was (is) important, significant (even historic). I welcome the sense that it is personal, about me and who I am and about them, and who they are. It disappears; no glance into the rear view mirror, no looking back. It’s history, memories long gone. TIP: Places we pass in our travels, though “new” to us, can still spark thoughts and feelings we can welcome and release!

 

West of Needles, CA on I-40, the temperature soars to 107F. There’s a guy on the side of the road, laying on a sleeping bag, a skinny sunburned arm held high, thumb out. Propped above him on a stick is a handwritten cardboard sign reading “Is There A God?” TIP: Cardboard signs may catch your eye just as well as neon; notice if there’s any wanting to figure it out —and let go!

 

FINAL TIP: Whether using a map, guidebook, GPS or just ‘followin’ your nose’—enjoy the trip! Remember, wherever you are is a great place to be!

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