For those who drive to work, the daily commute is often a tense time of bumper-to-bumper gridlock, erratic and dangerous driving, delays, road closures, and construction. And best of all, we get to do it twice a day. Concerned about wasting time, we often try to catch up on all the “little” things we think we can do while stuck in traffic or at a red light – jotting down to-do lists or reading email. I’d argue that there’s a better use of your daily commute: practicing mindfulness.
The daily commute is a great opportunity to train the mind. And mindfulness, in essence, is just mind training. By using specific techniques, repeatedly, we train the mind in three specific areas: 1. to be more focused and better able to concentrate; 2. to experience more clarity in our thinking and decision making, benefitting from better judgment; and to approach all of life with equanimity, which in essence is a state of balance, whereby, we can “go with the flow” when a situation can not be changed in the moment. read the whole story at The Harvard Business Review