When I began regular formal practice around 3 years ago one of the first benefits I noticed was a decrease in road rage!
Now, I have never considered myself an annoyed person or someone with a temper, I am a Scorpio though so let’s say I do get very passionate about certain things! I was increasingly noticing that the only person that my road rage was bothering or hurting was myself! So now, instead of venting, tensing up, shouting when someone dangerously cuts me up or unkindly doesn’t let me in I turn my attention to sensations in my body. Tight chest, hands gripping tightly on the steering wheel, feeling hot. I’m curious about these sensations which allows them to disperse naturally. I no longer hold on to the annoying thoughts and memories for something that only lasted a split second – I let it go. I then bring my attention into the present moment instead – the feeling of my hands on the steering wheel, contact points my body is making with the seat, sounds, nature or buildings I pass etc.
I have also found doing the body awareness practice whilst driving very helpful (with my eyes open of course!). So now and again I start with my feet and work my way up the body being curious and any sensations and gently guiding my attention back each time it wanders onto thoughts.
You may like to give this a try next time another driver annoys you. Driving is a great time to be mindful…being in the present moment and focused to have a safer journey. Surely there is no better time to “wake up” than when you drive!!