I contribute my safety through these experiences yesterday to my training and practices in mindfulness. Mindfulness is all about being aware and present in the current moment. Driving is a perfect opportunity to practice being mindful. Now I'm not suggesting you try to meditate while driving...you kind of need your eyes open and feet on the pedals! Though the basic concepts can certainly be applied. This means putting away the cell phone, turning down the radio, clearing the mind, and not trying to multitask by putting on makeup or eating lunch. By avoiding all these distractions we are free to fully focus on the task at hand: driving...driving with mindfulness. Now we can suddenly become aware of our surroundings, the scenery, the road ahead, the drivers all around us and wildlife if you live in a rural area like I do where deer outnumber people. Since we are so acutely aware of all these things we have a better chance of detecting potential hazards and reacting to avoid them...such as I did yesterday. Plus there's the added bonus of a more enjoyable commute as you take notice of the beauty in your surroundings. For example, the majestic bald eagle my mom and I saw fly over our cars yesterday as we were driving home.
So go out there and enjoy your drive...mindfully!
(Note: This photo was taken safely as a passenger!)
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