The second week of the QS tour sees me driving around southern UK, rather than public transporting it as I did last week. Tuesday was the first meeting of the week and by 1pm my car still hadn’t come back from the garage. Nothing to worry about really because I could drive Dom’s car, but as the morning sped on I became more and more anxious because I’ve never driven Dom’s car ever, I don’t like motorway driving, and I’ve not driven to Margate before.
‘Why would Jo get stressed about that?’ you may be thinking, and this all goes back to 2006 when I was involved in an car accident. I was in Thailand, driving to work on a back street in Lipa Noi when a Thai motorcyclist took a corner too fast and smashed into my stationary car. I, unlike him, had time to stop and watch as him slamming into me seemed to happen in s l o w motion; it unfolded sooo s l o w l y.
He was taken to hospital unconscious
I was a quivering wreck
And driving has never been the same again
It took me literally years to get back into a car again, and I held a new belief after the experience; that if you drove somewhere, and survived, you were lucky. I began to EXPECT people to crash into me, and nobody wanted me to be a passenger in their car. Eventually I bought another car (2008) and the stress did ease off somewhat, but I was still an absolute mess when any speed was involved; I HATED motorway driving.
Then in 2011 it all resurfaced when Dom and I were involved in a very minor accident on the M6 on route to Scotland. It was like a scab had been ripped off and this familiar wound was exposed again. Things got so bad that year that I began counselling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I remember that my OCD had reached a climax at that time too; I have a distinct memory of checking if my car was locked around ten times in the car park of the counsellor as I arrived for one of my appointments.
Looking back I can see the association with speed, for it was the speed that the motorcyclist was doing that created the problem; if he had of been going slower, he would have been able to stop. Then on the M6 that neural network was connected again; MOTORWAYS ARE DANGEROUS said my brain.
Today my car is a huge 4×4
Dom’s car is a teeny sports variety
I feel safe in my 4×4, I can see everything from my high vantage point
Dom’s car is low to the floor with the smallest window out the back, and wing mirrors the size of matchboxes
So my stress levels rose on Tuesday
1pm came and went and I realised that all of the manifestation energy I was mustering was not going to work
I had to leave now or be late for the Margate workshop
I was pissed off
The scab was beginning to peel off
Yet on some level I absolutely KNEW that this was how it was supposed to be
I WAS BEING FORCED TO DO SOMETHING THAT I WAS UNWILLING TO DO
I had missed yoga class the week before because I was too scared to drive Dom’s car
We ALL have our achilles heel
We ALL have something in our lives that triggers us
We ALL have a weakness
This is mine
This is where I feel the most vulnerable
I could see the quantum doing its magic as I drove Dom’s car on the 260 mile round trip
I began tense and stressed
I ended relaxed, calm and putting my foot down
As I collapsed into bed Tuesday night I was proud and pleased with myself
THANK YOU QUANTUM
For forcing my hand
And now I am of course in a new reality
One where I drive Dom’s car
…to yoga, to the supermarket, on the motorway
And I see how I use the QS approach in everything that I do in life
Choosing to jump into realities where I can do anything
And it was a truly beautiful evening in Margate
Another group of amazing people
It was so worth TRANSCENDING my driving stress by SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT
You simply cannot side-step this part of the process
You have to FEEL it
You have to SIT WITH it
You have to BE OK with it
And only then can you reach the other side
Addiction shows us the way
It has been the greatest teacher in my life
We are lucky you know, to get to learn how to deal with it
For then you use this knowledge in all corners of your life, and do the most amazing things because of it
And the only question now this morning is:
Which car shall I take to Oxford later….
Another great workshop, and again there is momentum to set a group up in Margate. We are all so excited about this happening, so watch this space for more news on Quantum Sobriety Socials. Thank you to Richard, pictured here with me, for sharing your time and story so generously.
Below are a few of the participants’ own words on their experience of the QS workshop on Tuesday night….
My open mind has been filled with motivation, positivity, warmth and hope. I laughed with people I’d never met and felt free and safe to be myself
I have really enjoyed and felt a true positive feeling being here and meeting you Jo, thank you
I feel ready and motivated to look at different possibilities and finding self appreciation and love. Curious if meditation can work for me. Thank you to you both
Very interesting. I am in recovery and am keen to learn how to meditate as I still can’t switch my head off. Thanks
A selection of Margate workshop attendees
The QS Tour
Oxford TODAY and TOMORROW
12 Norham Road
Today 6pm – 8pm
Tomorrow 11am – 1pm
It’s not too late to book your place!
QS Guide Sophie will be with me on the Oxford leg of the tour, sharing her own journey of transformation from stuck to freedom.
Hertford on SATURDAY
The Secret Space
Saturday 2pm – 4pm
It’s not too late to book your place!
QS Guide Theresa will be with me, sharing her own journey of comfort eating and sugar addiction.
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