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Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

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Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby alan » Sun May 02, 2010 4:11 am

I'm still burned out from a long drive. Driving leaves me brain-dead and dull minded. Has anyone found a way to deal with the hassles of traffic and the long hours of tedium behind the wheel without going soft in the head?
Thanks.

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby Sobeh » Sun May 02, 2010 5:19 am

It's a matter of hourly stretching beside the road for me.

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby Ben » Sun May 02, 2010 5:21 am

Hi alan

my main meditation is vedananupassana: observation of sensation. I can do this on the road by observing the sensation in my feet (clutch, break, accelerator), hands (on the steering wheel, gear-stick), and other body parts such as pressure on the bum, stiffness-tension or whatever in the shoulders, back, upper arms, neck, face - whatever. Vedananupassana can also be practiced in conjunction with the range of emotional responses to traffic by observing the dominant sensation that arises with those emotive states.
And I guess you could always practice metta bhavana, extending metta to yourselves and other drivers. Anapana-sati you might find a bit subtle while driving.
They're just some thoughts for you to consider.
Whatever you decide, all the very best with your meditative travels!
metta

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby alan » Mon May 03, 2010 4:16 am

Thank you Anna, that is excellent advise. I've been doing two hours or longer, in order to maximize time between eating. But 45 minutes sounds much better.
Goof: thanks for your input. I'm driving a 26 ft. motorhome, and am constantly aware of the (stupid, distracted) drivers around me. The constant attention is what wears me out. I'm brain dead AFTER the experience. <(had a near-death experience on a motorcycle in my teens and have since become very conservative, if not in politics, certainly in driving. In fact, the danger of the road is always at a forefront in my mind. Maybe that is why I don't enjoy it)>
Ben: Sending out good feelings to those above mentioned drivers is good advise!

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby alan » Mon May 03, 2010 6:26 am

Maybe I can move to beautiful New Zealand?
I've always wanted to go there.

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby christopher::: » Mon May 03, 2010 7:03 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby alan » Tue May 04, 2010 2:15 am

Jazz, Jazz, and Jazz. Good Dhamma talks when I can find them.
It may just be the nature of the awkward beast I'm piloting. But staring out at traffic just dulls my mind. If I had my way I'd never drive anywhere ever again.

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Re: Maintaining mindfulness on the road?

Postby Nibbida » Wed May 05, 2010 12:38 am

Like other's have posted above, I focus on the sense of touch, such as my hands on the wheel. I also focus on vision (which is a good object when driving). When my mind wanders, I bring it back to vision each time. I've been meditating eyes open lately, which has helped.

I love wishing metta to other drivers. I call it "driving-kindness." Last summer I did a week-long retreat at IMS. I had to drive through New York City on my way home, the world's capital of cranky, aggressive drivers. I thought it would be a buzz-kill. But actually it was a great chance for metta practice.


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