Meditation While Driving?

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Meditate While Driving?

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Meditation While Driving?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:52 am

A question for all, but especially those with longer commutes.

It's a question that's been on my mind for months and I'll admit that I do so on an almost daily basis. I have a rather lengthy commute with over 30 miles of freeway. Since there are no "real" instructions, I've just tried to adapt those for walking mediation to driving. I.e., primarily focusing on the physical movements to operate the car but with equal attention to the mental factors observing the flow of traffic and the feelings and emotions that result from the various other driver's behaviors. I've found it a fascinating experience to observe "me" driving my body driving the car.

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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:57 am

I think mindfulness is a better term when used in this context.

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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby appicchato » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:14 am

I would agree...
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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:22 am

Greetings,

I agree with the above comments, and that mindfulness in a satipatthana sense whilst driving should always remain of secondary importance to mindfulness of not crashing!

Mindfulness of feelings or mindstates don't do you much good if you're mangled and wrapped around a telephone pole.

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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby RayfieldNeel » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:16 pm

I have been thinking about this as well; I drive 28'ish miles to work each way.
I've actually found that my awareness of the moment (when I can sustain it...still working on keeping my mind from waundering aimlessly, as it is used to doing whilst driving) is a benefit to my safety. But then, I think I may be doing it a bit differently than the OP; I'm practicing "open awareness", rather than "single-pointed" concentration on one particular facet of the experience. I feel the physical sensations on my hands, my feet..I feel myself breathe..I listen to the sounds..try to look deeply at my environment, which thankfully, includes the other cars. :)
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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby Fede » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:06 pm

retrofuturist wrote:M...indfulness of feelings or mindstates don't do you much good if you're mangled and wrapped around a telephone pole.


you still have those? We tend to use satellites and antennae.... :tongue:

I practise Mindfulness Meditation, as recommended by TNH.....(keeping completely focussed on the activity at hand, and concentrating from moment to moment on everything, without commentary, judgement or opinion.....)
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Re: Meditation While Driving?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:35 am

retrofuturist wrote:Mindfulness of feelings or mindstates don't do you much good if you're mangled and wrapped around a telephone pole.
Very true, but I was certainly much more likely to be involved in an accident whilst blinded by road rage (unfortunately, a not infrequent occurrence "before"). :meditate:

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