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When I was twenty-one years old, I got into a series of car accidents just after getting my license.

The first time, I drove the wrong way down a one-way street. The second time I side-swiped a double-parked car trying to get around it. And the third time, I hit a Channel 7 news van while looking at printed directions in the middle of Big Dig construction madness (not my proudest moment).

In all of those instances, I was lost and harried, and because I was feeling agitated and not fully paying attention to the road, I became a danger to myself and everyone around me.

Luckily, I didn’t hurt anyone through my recklessness, but others aren’t so lucky. According to the Department of Transportation, distracted drivers kill approximately 6,000 people and injure over a half-million annually.

I rarely drive these days because I work from home, but often when I’m walking in my neighborhood, I notice drivers who remind me of my younger self.

Some of them are looking at GPS systems on their phones. Others are balancing their cells on their shoulders, while putting on lipstick or trying to scarf down fries that appear to be lodged deep down in a greasy bag.

Then there are the texters—some who hold their phone up high as to only partially take their eyes from the road, and others who seem oblivious to the risks of completely shifting their glance to their laps.

And then there’s another breed of distracted driver: the ones who are looking straight at the road or even right into your eyes but appear completely vacant. It’s like they’re there but not—engaged in a twenty-minute commute or even a twenty-hour road trip, and yet completely disconnected from the experience.

As a recovering bad driver, a proponent of mindfulness, and a fan of not killing people, I was excited to listen to Awake at the Wheel, a two-CD mindful driving set by Vippisana meditation teacher Michele McDonald.

Each CD includes a series of seven exercises designed to ground us in our bodies and in the moment. McDonald has a soothing yet upbeat voice, which makes it calming to listen to the CDs without becoming dangerously relaxed.

The various exercises include:

  • The Taxi Driver Exercise
  • Auto Pilot
  • Seeing
  • Body Awareness
  • Mindful Hearing
  • Thoughts and Emotions
  • Kindness

Since I don’t actually drive much these days, I listened to the audio files from my computer. Admittedly, this is an entirely different experience. I can tell you, though, that I found the exercises helpful in creating present moment awareness, something I’ve not always experienced on the road while worrying about missing my exit.

I imagined that these exercises would be most effective for slightly longer drives when you’re likely to look for distractions. McDonald has a talent for making the journey feel like something to enjoy, not escape.

Though this post is a giveaway, I imagine you won’t have the CDs with you for this evening’s commute, so I’ve compiled a few tips you can implement right away.

Mindful Driving Tips

1. Use the time to quietly focus on your breathing as your car is warming up if you’re in a cold-weather area. (From Mindfulness East Anglia)

2. Switch the radio off and engage your senses within the experience; notice and release tension in your body, pay attention to the sights around you, hear the sounds of passing traffic. (From Wild Mind)

3. Practice focusing on one thing at a time—your hands on the steering wheel, for example. Give it your complete attention. If your thoughts wander, come back to that one thing. (From Psychotherapist Will Baum)

4. When you see a red light or a stop sign, smile at it because it’s helping you return to the present moment. It’s not the enemy; it’s a reminder to slow down and be where you are. (From Thich Nhat Hanh)

5. Visualize your car as a physical extension of yourself. This may help you feel more grounded in the moment, and it may also help you drive more safely and defensively. (From Growth.ws)

For a Change to Win a Free Mindful Driving CD Set:

1. Join the Tiny Buddha list. (You must be a subscriber to be eligible to win!)

2. Comment below—and be sure to leave your email address where it’s requested in the form so I can contact you if you win!

For an extra entry:

Tweet the following: RT @tinybuddha Mindful Driving CD Giveaway! Comment here to enter: http://bit.ly/ft3aJ0

You can enter until midnight PST on Sunday, December 19th. Learn more about Awake at the Wheel or visit More Than Sound.

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About Lori Deschene

Tiny Buddha Founder Lori Deschene is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook seriesTiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself, and Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions. She's also co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an eCourse that helps you change your life. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Josh

    haha. i laughed at the first two or three sentences. good post though.

  • Cuqui

    Great post, Lori, thanks! I have a daily commute of 30miles each way and I have found it to be my “sanity” time. It was not like that at the beginning, but lately I have realized it is the only time in the day when I am alone and I can actually hear myself think. Initially i would listen to the news or i would talk on the phone, now I love to sit there in silence, especially after a long day at work. I won’t say I’m completely mindful, but turning down the noise has greatly helped. I get home more relaxed and ready for my “second shift” with the kids. These CD’s sound like a great tool.
    Keep up the awesome work with the website, it’s aesome!

  • Timaree (freebird)

    I’d like to win those CD’s. I drive from Kingman, Arizona to various cities in southern California many times during the year to visit family. There is not much to look at on my route as it’s almost all empty desert until I reach the Los Angeles area. Sometimes I feel like my eyes are glazing over (which prompts me to get some coffee or turn on my music) so some other techniques would be useful. I’ve been enjoying your shortish posts!

  • Kitty

    I would love to win these CDs. We just moved from San Francisco to Austin, TX…but we live outside of the city limits. So that corner store run for half-and-half has turned into a half-an-hour drive. I would like to use this time I’ve been granted more productively.
    Kitty
    bornofgold@gmail.com
    I also retweeted this on Twitter.

  • Rebecca

    I would love this CD for my husband’s long drive in the morning.

    thank you!

  • Kristin Marshall

    What a wonderful way of staying in the moment! Great idea.

  • http://twitter.com/kateditzler Kate Ditzler

    I would love those CDs! I commute about 140 miles a day, and I would love this.

  • Heidi

    I just moved back to LA after three years drive-free in NYC! Loved being able to read on the subway — but I’m gearing up (no pun intended) for the LA traffic once again, and would LOVE to have these CDs to keep me calm and focused!

  • Gloria Salazar

    I so appreciate the daily posts that I receive and would put to good use the give-away! Gloria

  • JR

    These should probably come standard with all cars.

  • Maryann

    Both my husband and myself would benefit from more mindful driving especially being from NY in which we are usually operating on auto pilot because of the fast paced atmosphere. My name is Maryann and my email address is MSanp26@aol.com. Thank you.

  • Sharen10

    These cd’s would be perfect for me because I drive 25 miles each way commuting to work. I work swing shift so when I drive home it is often hard to stay awake. These cd’s would help me stay focused. Thanks Lori, terrific idea !!

  • Bob

    Thanks for making me aware of this product! I have a friend who makes long and dangerous (in the winter) drives every to care for her elderly father. I hope to win the CDs and give them to her.

    Bob

  • Stephen carboni

    I feel the same way about the extension of yourself part

  • Manda

    These cds sound interesting. I know I get disconnected, either due to chronic tiredness or boredom from driving the same area day in and day out. Plus any sort of meditation sounds good to me.

    Manda (mandalaire@gmail.com)

  • Zenmama

    love love love your blog!! zenmama@me.com

  • Elmo+zen

    Thanks for the ideas

  • http://twitter.com/jjhall Jeremy Hall, KB7QOA

    Would like to give them a shot.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Thom

    I’ve been looking for something like this and, not only appreciate the contest, but appreciate the information about the CDs!

  • Dixie

    I had to learn to drive again after a stroke that took my entire left field of vision. I know that I do become less than mindful while driving sometimes and, with my visual problems, it really scares me. I live in a town without any public transportation and live by myself, so driving is not optional for me. I would love to win these CDs. I think they would really help me daily in my life. BTW, I love the Tiny Buddha daily posts. I’m printing them out and keeping them in a binder for rereading.

  • Dixie

    I had to learn to drive again after a stroke that took my entire left field of vision. I know that I do become less than mindful while driving sometimes and, with my visual problems, it really scares me. I live in a town without any public transportation and live by myself, so driving is not optional for me. I would love to win these CDs. I think they would really help me daily in my life. BTW, I love the Tiny Buddha daily posts. I’m printing them out and keeping them in a binder for rereading.

  • Gina

    I have 5 kids and in a suburban while traveling back and forth to work/school 45 min each way every day…enough said? LOL I could really benefit from the Cd’s! whew!

  • Gina

    I have 5 kids and in a suburban while traveling back and forth to work/school 45 min each way every day…enough said? LOL I could really benefit from the Cd’s! whew!

  • janA

    Oh, I think I need this..

  • janA

    Oh, I think I need this..

  • Vananasha

    Great advice for anyone. vananasha@msn.com.

  • DalaLuz

    We would be much very interested in these CDs, if you’re on the road there is no better moment to practice mindfulness (and alertness) There is also no better place to practice patience & kindness than that moment you’re overcome with a nice hot flash of road rage!!!

    So here;s my tweet: http://twitter.com/tinybuddha/status/15452111055626241

  • Kaname650

    I am on the Tiny Buddha list

  • jennifer

    I love this! Anything that helps me stay aware..
    Jennifer (sourgrl78 at gmail dot com)

  • http://twitter.com/AlannahRose AlannahRose

    I have been listening to Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” audiobook and was just thinking about how great it would be to have something actually about driving to listen to just the other day! What a great idea.

  • Kaname650

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  • http://twitter.com/AlannahRose AlannahRose
  • Kelly

    What a good reminder — traffic lights are not the enemy.

  • http://twitter.com/AlannahRose AlannahRose

    sorry, double post!

  • Kurt

    As someone who spends a lot of time on the road, I can attest to being easily distracted. As a fan of tiny buddha, I know these are awesome. Crossing my fingers!

  • Shaec

    My favourite advice has been to try to meditate while stopped at stoplights: there will always be someone behind you to let you know the light has turned green!

  • Rayfield Neel

    This would be very helpful to me. Driving seems to unleash a tidal wave of physical/emotional experiences and feeling tones in people…certainly in me!

  • Ladyeumbrous

    As the mother of a new 16 yr old driver, I think both she AND I can benefit from the CD’s-LOL. I’m ladyeumbrous@yahoo.com

  • Mark Johnson

    Would love to win the CD’s!

    bluebuddha1961@gmail.com

    Thanks…Mark

  • Kknowles727

    Would love to win one of these cds – for me and my loved ones! – Kimberly Knowles :)

  • http://www.salmansaeed.info Salman Saeed

    Loved it to the whole.
    Would love to have the CD.
    My email: salman_olevel@hotmail.com

  • Elaine

    I could use this…sometimes the mind is elsewhere.
    Elaine A. ….I am on the list.

  • Victoria

    It becomes more dificult to focus as the hustle and bustle of work shopping, holidays as well as my three children. Would this help calm the angst they sometimes feel being cooped up in the car? victoriah1619@aol.com

  • Melissa

    Yay! How perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/SteffingA Stef A.

    I would love to win this! Becoming angry or anxious while driving is one of my biggest obstacles to overcome.

  • Missy

    I consider how I act on the road as an indicator of my spiritual fitness. According to my actions this morning, I need some work.

  • Jeff

    I love your site and your smiling face! I’d like to enter in the Mindful Driving CD set give away. My email is jeffc1@qpsisbest.com

  • Girlcharm18

    oh man i would love love love for my boyfriend to have this for the both of us im such a fearful person and i cant drive at all so he does all the driving and he scares me alot we could use this so much!! and he always zones out this would help him alot

  • Sarah

    I love this post about paying attention while driving. I will use the excercises you suggest in your article … I already do some of these things. I remember, while I am driving, when the traffic is slow … that even though the traffic is slow, it is faster than walking. So, I enjoy each moment in my car and pay attention to all that is around me. I wish I could post this on one of the bill boards I see on the road, especially for the driving texters!!! Thank you and happy holidays to you, Sarah

  • Amber

    A great way to ease the stress of the daily commute.

  • Edu

    I do believe that cars can become more meaningful vehicles to spiritual awakening…

  • Ina May

    Dear Tiny Buddha, what a wonderful blog. You have reminded us all that we should not let distractions take over when driving. I think all in all we forget how dangerous it can be one driving. Thank you for this today. With the winter weather here and driving becoming more dangerous, this is exactly what I needed for my commute to & from work. So much love to you!

  • Brett G

    This is great for LA commuters!

  • Eeklug

    This sounds wonderful. I was in a horrible car accident many years ago on Christmas Eve, and winter driving still scares me, especially around this time of year. This CD might be just what I need to regain a sense of calm while driving on snow and ice.

  • Ryan

    I drive 10 minutes to work and sometimes don’t even realize I’m driving! Thank you for the wonderful post.

  • Sara

    Impaired driving is epidemic!
    My husband and I followed a meandering driver through five towns, including a few miles on a highway, while talking to the police. They finally caught up with the elderly driver who was not well, but didn’t know enough to stop. His wife was helping him turn the steering wheel!
    We are planning to drive from RI to Fl soon and I have to really psyche myself. sleary1954@gmail.com

  • Dan

    I often “zone out” while driving and get very tired. I take naps at rest stops often, but I would love to learn to be more aware with driving.

  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    I would love to listen to this!!

  • Anonymous

    Great post and great idea. Thanks for sharing this Lori!

  • Harry H

    These sound so useful. For me and a few frineds of mine.

  • Thauna

    I am a subscriber and I would love to win this!

  • http://twitter.com/ThaunaK Thauna K

    I tweeted. @trosekay

  • http://twitter.com/prvtdncr prvtdncr

    i hate people, especially when they are driving.

  • Elaine

    Very good ideas. I often get lost in thought because I get restless and bored driving the same route all the time.

  • BusyOne

    I could have used this when I was younger. I had a series of bad judgement accidents, too. I took defensive driving but I think that these tips would have been so very useful and still would be to me since I seem to zone out at times on my commute to and from work. I am the parent of 3 fairly young drivers (22, 20 & 18) so this would serve a wonderful purpose to them.
    I’m going to pass on the article regardless because I feel that it will benefit many around me.. I live in a college town.
    It can’t hurt!!

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  • Cindy

    I actually think this is a great idea. I am a commuter and the things I see on the road really frighten me for not so much what I might (but I am not perfect either) but you just never know where some one else’s head is!

    great give away and article.

  • http://twitter.com/TobyBenjamin Toby Benjamin

    I’m on the list and I tweeted about it! (@tobybenjamin)

    I’m 22, on my 7th car… I’ve almost lost my life and license on at least one occasion, I got kicked off of my parent’s insurance (I pay $350 a month just for myself and my 12 year old Hyundai to the only insurance company who would even give me a quote), and I’m still making monthly payments on a car I’ve already totaled. My driving has effectively done tremendous damage to my sanity and well being. And yet, I still drive like a lunatic. It’s like an addiction – I try to be mindful, but it’s so easy for me to get lost in the moment and just punch it.
    If the CDs are as good as you say, I desperately hope I win this.
    My mom (“Every time you call me unexpectedly, I’m terrified you’re going to tell me you’re in the hospital”) would thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/TobyBenjamin Toby Benjamin

    not sure where I was supposed to put this: toby[at]tobybenjamin.com

  • Mnmdancer1

    great ideas. i love taking long drives just to clear my mind, find my creative inner self. i have anxiety and taking little drives often relaxes me, takes me away from the anxiety. i have done this since i’ve had a license to drive. thank you, merry christmas

  • Redbear1971

    Oh my. I fell asleep at the wheel recently. Luckily, I only swiped the side of my car against a guard rail–I’m grateful there was one there during that stretch of road. It was a lesson in learning to not drive when I’m having a bad day. I’d had a panic attack earlier and I believe the medication I used to calm down from it made me feel as though I were watching a movie of myself driving and not actually aware that I was in control. Thank you for this uplifting post! redbear1971 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • KTO

    While I too, work from home, forever escaping the daily schlog of commuting, I do drive to see my parents often, and it’s a 3 hour or so trip. Thankfully its through farm country once I get out of my metro area, but such a CD would be a godsend to the thousands of mindless zombie drivers we have in our area (or any area, really). I often think “how are there so many drunks driving on the road” then see the phone in the ear or at least in hand. It’s sad how distracted a society we’ve become.

    I’ve also tried “Buddhist breathing” when stuck in traffic – helps the stress level immensely.

  • Djwalentuk

    Very good tips for someone like me who commutes. Some days are harder than others to keep focused.

  • Lriedman

    The timing of this is post is just perfect. After driving for 33 years with minimal auto accidents — i recently got into my first major auto accident(s). And yes, i used the plural tense there! . Over the past month I totaled my car, was able to use my personal Buddhist philosophy to deal with the situation finding peace in the chaos that came about.

    Two days ago i picked up my replacement car – during snow storm — and someone slid into my new car! I am a firm believer that there is always a reason for things and looking for the gift in everything. This post just maybe providing yet another ‘ gift” in this for me — both a reminder to bring my mindfulness practice behind the wheel and perhaps maybe the ‘gift’ of the CD’s! I totally enjoy Tiny Buddha. Thanks for all the great insights and quotes!

  • Schmuddha

    I think the idea of these CDs is great, who hasn’t felt extremely stressed out while driving at least once in their lives, as a relatively new Buddhist, I have found the use of meditation in every aspect of my life to be helpful and I thank you tinybuddha for being a constant upper in a field of what can be a lot of negativity on twitter. Thanks again

  • Ariadenovo

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Lindambaker

    could really do with this i think!!

  • Cyndi

    I’m an e-mail subscriber

  • Cyndi
  • Nicole

    Thanks for the great tips! I always seem to get stressed and admittedly a little road-ragey behind the wheel…those CDs sound wonderful for any length of car trip!

  • Sonata

    Seems like a great way to start the upcoming new year!

  • http://big-zen.blogspot.com/ Big Zen

    This is a nice idea and I like the comment about using a red light to bring you back to the present. I sometimes use things like screeching tyres or loud motorbikes as a cue to come back to the moment when I’m walking. Utilizing whatever is around you, even the ‘unpleasant’, is a great way to stay in the present.

  • Jenhess

    I have tried hard to stop the automatic pilot driving that occurs when spaced out. I find driving with kids to be a huge distraction between music, conversation, fighting or goofing around. Any tips to help me focus on the moment at hand to make me, my family and those on the road safer the better. Thanks for yet another awesome post!

  • Marc

    I could really benefit from the advice in this article!

  • Carly

    I’ve noticed that when I have the radio off, I drive much better. I get especially distracted when listening to talk radio, since I tend to talk back to it! It’s pretty much like talking on a cell phone, lol.

  • Georgeouscyd

    Hi – this is a great post. I am an holistic therapist and one of the pieces of homework I often give revolves around mindfulness while driving. The fact is you will be in your car, seated for a period of time. It is a great place to check into your body, notice and soften any areas of tension. When you start to do this along with awareness of breath you feel much more calm and present. What normally might be a source of more tension in one’s life can be a valued respite from a busy, unconscious mind out of control.
    I remember one day running late for a job interview. I rang the person concerned to let them know and check in to see if it was convenient for me to see them 10-15 minutes later. Then I checked into my body softening any areas of tension, I focused on my surroundings and began to enjoy the drive, remaining calm, being courteous to other drivers and adhering to the speed limit. I arrived at my destination calm, centered and present. The conscious focus on breathing helped too with pre-interview nerves. Needless to say, I got the job. The interviewer even made the comment she thought nothing would phase me.
    There is no point getting uptight and stressed in the car. You can never go faster than the traffic in front of you. Once you realize this fact you can focus on the only thing you do have control over, which are your thoughts and actions in the moment – then all you need to do is relax and enjoy the drive. It’s so much mor interesting to notice what’s actually going on around you rather than listening to the recycled thought streams (scenarios) in your head.
    Would so much love to win this CD!
    Regards Chérise

  • MercedesD

    I talk to people all of the time who get from one place to the next and don’t even recall the space in between… Something I have noticed in myself a few times too. Not so good. Thank you for raising awareness and for doing the drawing.

  • Kristen

    Thank you for this, Im new to Tiny Buddha and am very grateful I stumbled upon your blog. I would love to win this cd set! My email is KristenGaraffo@aol.com, and I will tweet this as well :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RMMEITX26IEI77OY3ZR526YTNY edna s.

    Thanks for the chance to win…i really enjoy your posts…Brightest blessing for this and every day…e*

  • Monjgamil

    Thank you. I just signed-up to tiny buddha. The article on road rage really encouraged me. I would love to have that cd set.

  • Harry

    As the dad of a new driver this would be perfect for her…bushikaihombucho@hotmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/PlantingWisdom Planting Wisdom

    This would be most effective for me as “mindful subway riding.” But, it will certainly be a good practice to start.

    Thanks!

  • jr cline

    I need all the driving tips I can get. :-)

  • Brenda

    Thank you for this post! I have noticed a number of distracted drivers lately, myself included. This is a great reminder of how important it is to pay attention and focus on your driving. :)

  • Robert

    Can’t wait to become a mindful driver!!

  • Lanipuppetmaker

    Excellent post! Much needed. I tweeted it!

  • chan7821

    This sounds lovely.

  • http://twitter.com/iluvpinkerton taylor loftin

    I commute 45 across los angeles every day…i need this! lol

  • Joyce

    These are all great tips. I find myself distracted by boredom…getting to a destination and not even noticing the things around me all the time. Your post reminds me to be more mindful. Thanks

  • Terri

    Excellent! I’ll bet it would help in other areas of my daily life, as well.

  • Madison

    I always notice that I’m auto pilot when i’m nearly home, and it’s sort of a scary thing to realize. Being mindful would diminish that.

  • Jsazoom

    I will be using these tips from now on during my daily commute. jsazoom@hotmail.com

  • Laura B

    great advice – thanks for sharing.

  • Carol

    I really enjoy your postings on facebook and visit your website from time to time. It really helps me keep things in perspective! Thank you for the great things you do!

  • Tammy

    What wonderful suggestions for staying in the “now” while driving.

  • Jessica

    I can just imagine that last fry deep down in a greasy bag..
    Tip #4 is good:)

  • Ait0shi

    We must realize that safe driving benefits not only ourselves but as well as the people we share the road with :)

  • Zen G

    I most frequently use the arising and ceasing of sounds to meditate, so I appreciate the focus on sounds.

  • Trish

    Hiya – am already a member of the Tiny Buddah List and over the last very difficult 6 months of my life it has been one of the best things I ever did. Reading the daily posts – no matter how busy or hararssed, or lost in a storm of emotions – always brings me back to the moment, grounds me, helps me move through whatever I am experiencing and inspires me – I am very grateful for such generous giving on your part….time being one of the most precious commodities we have.
    In moving back and forth overseas in the last 6years – I lost a book called ‘Beginnning Mindfulness’ – wouldn’t you know it, just when I was ready to start applying it!! Hee hee – lesson in there somewhere I’m sure. Am just about to return to Uni, having moved halfway across the country (Australia) from where I lived, so would love a chance to win the cd;s – they certainly would be put to good use – but I also know, if I don’t win – that they have been put to better use – where needed :) Thanks again Lori – for having the guts to follow your dream and just be yourself…look forward to reading those future posts. Cheers.

  • Ksilay1

    I love this post! I’ve had that red light idea for sometime. Every time I look at the cars biting at the gate waiting for the light to turn, I wonder – why so hurried? why so rushed? why so anxious? This is the one approved time in our lives that we can stop and have to stop. We don’t have the option. In those 2 minutes, our world slows and we should enjoy it. We shouldn’t anxiously await the turning light. We should take comfort in knowing it will turn and we don’t have to do anything to make it turn. So enjoy the moment. Enjoy the cessation. Its required :)

  • Amy

    Sounds like an amazing CD set. A great reminder for anyone that gets behind the wheel.

    I’m lucky to have survived an accident (caused by carelessness & distraction) in which my car rolled several times & then went up in flames. The car was totaled, but luckily, no other cars were involved & I recovered fully from my injuries. I’m grateful for my experience. It made me appreciate life so much more…

    Yet, I still catch my mind wandering when I’m driving and it scares me. I constantly remind myself to be more alert & focused.

    I think this CD set would be a great tool for me (and my reckless-driving mom!). I hope that whoever wins this prize fully utilizes the tools & passes the CD along to others. The world would be a much safer, peaceful place with mindful drivers.

    Thank you :)

  • Jill

    As a fairly new driver, with less than a year’s worth of having a license under my belt, I can already picture how soothed I’d be cruisin’ and livin’ in the moment with the wonderful Awake At the Wheel driving set. Our five senses are beautiful tools to invigorate us, enlighten us, and indeed to relax us, whether involving a delightful scent or soothing sounds. With driving, it definitely seems critical to be mindful and in-the-moment. Attentiveness and relaxation are key. Also, using the driving experience as a meditative tool is such a creative idea that I am so ready to try! Especially having to wake up before 7 in the morning to get to school before 8 in the morning… It’s not always easy to be as focused as I want to be. Awake At the Wheel serves an incredible purpose! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/positive_exprmt Positive_ Experiment

    I hate driving. I get so stressed out when I drive. Thank you so much for these tips, they were extremely helpful today while I was trying to deal with traffic.

  • Cathypegley

    Sounds like an amazing way of practicing mindfulness, long journeys can be a drag on you…. I will try this next time … Thank you

  • Minxxa

    I like this idea! I do drive a lot, and though I do work on paying attention all of the time, I have found myself a bit zoned out from time to time. Nothing bad’s ever happened, but i would love to learn more about how to NOT do that!

  • RM Keegan

    Mostly, we act out of habit, esp when driving. By replacing our mindless actions with those that are mindful and intentional, we save the world and ourselves a lot of aggravation and bad feeling. The tips for using driving time to accomplish this are great.

  • Ophelia

    this is a good idea. why not use this time for something beneficial. it’s better than the radio!

  • http://www.DreamsComeTrueJournal.com Sheri

    Thank you for sharing this with your subscribers. It sounds like the CD set is very helpful to remind people what’s most important when they’re driving…it’s not whatever is distracting them, but instead arriving safely at their destination and enjoying the driving experience along the way. :)

    Sheri Fink
    sherifink@hotmail.com
    http://www.DreamsComeTrueJournal.com

  • lasabs

    I love the red light tip! Best thing I ever did 3 years ago was keeping my radio OFF on my drives home from work. Thank you!

  • jenniferepeck

    I put one hand to my heart, one hand to my belly, and I take a deep breath while affirming: “It’s good to go slow”. Then I set the intention to notice at least 3 things of beauty on my way to where I’m going (ie, a smile on another driver’s face, a tree swaying in the wind, a child laughing at a bus stop…).

  • Claudia

    I really like this post. Such a pertinent reminder.

  • Rosiejess6

    I love this article, when I drive I sometimes think how can I make my driving beautiful, and drive as graceful as I can.

  • Jen

    As someone who is not a fan of early morning cold car/cold weather, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to focus on my breathing rather than how cold I am. Great article. I will try that Monday morning.

  • Heather

    Thank you for this. I can’t think of a time during the day when I am more distracted… the commute to and from work always seems like “wasted time” which could be spent doing a thousand other things. Really, I should be taking that time to focus, rather than fret or sneak glances at my phone. I swear, it will be fine if I don’t check my email for an entire half hour.

  • lindsay

    would love to have these cds…i am bad with road rage and these would help me out a lot :)

  • Matthew

    Life has been extra stressful lately. Tiny Buddha has been a huge help. Thank you!

  • @jikan

    I get very sidetracked when I am out driving :( Its not the most pleasant experience for me, driving.

  • JGandB

    Wow, this is so something I need…I am the most distracted driver ever, and have barely avoid crashes more times than I can count…

    We always read or hear what we need to and Tip Number 4 is the one I need the most…I can be an aggressive driver, wrapped up in my own thoughts to the point of totally not seeing what’s around me…I will be putting this tip into effect immediately, and hope it helps bring me back to actually seeing and experiencing my surroundings…thanks for this one!

    I have retweeted from both of my twitter accounts, as requested

  • Ed Kranepool

    As a mega-ADD, 60,000 miles-a-year driver, shutting down the audio is the most important thing I’ve done to improve driving. Excellent stuff.

  • Tiffani

    I’ve always been a good driver but would still love to be more mindful on the road ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Markho23 Mark Hoggan

    Relaxation is the key to safe driving, stress can cause problems at 3 mph or 75 mph. You have to be able to focus on the current situation and minimize the amount of distractions, stay in the moment, don’t get into long drawn out arguments about the future. Keep conversations short and relaxed so as to not take your mind off the road. If possible on long drives change drivers to prevent fatigue and always support what the driver is trying to do with helpful information.

  • http://twitter.com/mrintech Mrinmay

    I am already a subscriber and also re-tweeted about this great giveaway here: http://twitter.com/mrintech/status/16164739553955840

    Well using Twitter to connect with Disqus, so here’s my Email: http://scr.im/mrintech

    Thanks a lot and it’s a wonderful giveaway :)

  • Courtney

    Im about to drive across the continent twice. I can use all the help i can get!

  • http://twitter.com/ShinobiKen Kenneth Holvenstot

    I would love something like this!!! I usually listen to my Zen podcasts while driving but I sometimes get caught up in it and forget where I’m going. This would be amazing to have especially when I’m traveling with my 5 year old son! Peace…

  • jmartcougar

    I love driving with my radio off…not only can i keep my eyes on the road but I can also take in the nature and people around me

  • http://twitter.com/lizinkca Liz

    Good advice, as always!

  • Jenny

    I think this is great! I drive 1.5 hours to work each way 5 days a week and find myself on auto pilot frequently. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to change that and this could be my solution. This is a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car. Rarely do I drive without the radio on and in the evenings, I usually have it as loud as I can tolerate to drive to wipe out all the emotions from my busy day at work! I used to be a very distracted driver, but watching others on the road has helped me to reign in some of those distractions.

  • @rdweatherly

    I would love to see something like this included drivers’ ed for teenagers. They have the attention span of a gnat as it is. It would be easier to instill calm, defensive driving when people are first learning, so it’s creating a habit instead of breaking bad ones later. Now, if I can just get my husband to give this a try!

  • Diana Jones

    I am so scattered when i’m driving.

  • Mary Carpenter

    I drive to work everyday and occasionally drive long distances to visit family. I would be wonderful to start my day focused!

  • David_yardley

    brilliant – I will use tips immediately.

    david_yardley@yahoo.co.uk

    Thanks

  • Emily Hartzell

    The drivers that are looking but not engaged are the worst. I loved this story though. Do the cds really work?

    Sunniegirl4@gmail.com

  • Matthew Tures

    This is pretty cool, good tips. I’d be interested in picking these up regardless. As I drive I’m always trying to be alert but even the unexpected can loose your focus.

  • Sageyerwi74

    Loved the story & the tips. I know people that listen to relaxing/motivational Cd’s in the car. Although I do listen to relaxing/motivational Cd’s when I meditate, I have yet to try listening to Cd’s in the car. Definitely something to try out.

  • Mcdonalm

    Love the tips, Many thanks!

  • Leeann fagan

    Great tips..Thanks!!!

  • Leeann fagan

    Great tips..Thanks!!!

  • Mandieewood

    These are really neat. I would love to own them! I am also going to try these tips on my way home from work tonight! mandieewood@gmail.com

  • Mandieewood

    I also retweeted your post! Mandie_Candy

  • Mandieewood

    I also retweeted your post! Mandie_Candy

  • Todd D Nelson

    Signed up for the site. Great tips. Would enjoy listening to the cds.

  • http://twitter.com/NMScuri Nancy M Scuri

    Doing the simple things takes much practice. The results are worth it, however. Thank you for this reminder that mindfulness is as valuable in our day-to-day lives as it is in meditation.

  • http://twitter.com/encoderX3G e3G

    Seriously fantastic active site & avid twitter follower & re-tweeter.
    Thanks to all involved & keep up the good work – deeply appreciated.

  • http://twitter.com/dhersam Dave Hersam

    I love the site and tweets and all, and would love to have a bit more of it in my life with the CDs! Happy Holidays!

  • Calmartie

    Good tips. I’m always amazed at how much more present I am in the moment when the radio is off (tip #2)!

  • Simplicity

    This CD sounds like a useful tool for the practice of mindfulness. It can remind you to be mindful while driving. I would definitely recommend it to others if I experience result with it after trying it out.

    Cheers,

  • http://twitter.com/SaviMom SaviMom

    Mindful Driving! What a grrrreat idea! I need that every morning while I drive to work in NYC. Between the traffic, taxis, truck drivers, sanitation trucks, traffic agents (whom BTW I think create more traffic) and did I mention the traffic, it gets to be a bit overwhelming at times. Everyone should have this. When the radio is on in my car I like to see if anyone is walking to the beat of the misic. I love that!

  • (another) Bob

    If I have to enter a complicated password and then navigate on my phone, in order to make a voice call isn’t that the same as texting?

  • Sarah

    I could really use something like this. No accidents, but I always feel distracted when I drive.

  • Sarah

    I could really use something like this. No accidents, but I always feel distracted when I drive.

  • Meredyth

    Can I listen while my husband drives?? :-)

    Thanks for the chance to win

    – Meredyth

  • http://whollyafool.wordpress.com/ Michelle

    Signed up for the list! And will definitely be looking into these CDs…if I don’t win them. :)

    email: michelle_enos at ymail dot com

  • Alex G

    I literally just crash the front of my car about 10 minnutes ago because I wasn’t being mindful. This was the first thing I saw on twitter. Go figure.

  • Yvette

    I drive a lot for my job. I think this would come in handy. :)

  • Jessica

    great initiative. a great idea to keep mind calm. =)

  • Sookyung

    Thank for sharing. I’m little bit greedy for dhamma. :)

  • Mary Porter

    Great article!

  • Preston

    Thank you for this post! preston@beginnersmind.org

  • Chris

    GREAT contest! Great concept!

  • christine

    this is a nice article! keep up the good work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000445924284 Deep Rao

    hi, am a newbie to your site, had chanced upon it on an earlier googling session but was looking for something else and I forgot all about you. I’m glad I found myself back here now and I’m here to stay, have a good day then ! :)

  • Citywide45

    I used to hate red lights, but now I realize that they are our friends letting us live in the moment. BTW I love the tinybuddha posts on twitter, this one was especially helpful THX!

  • Solebella

    Thank you for such an awesome offer! Any help in learning to become more mindful is much appreciated. :-)

  • bodhisol

    I’m 26 and got into my first bad car accident last week after work (I have a nearly 1.5 hr commute each way and it hasn’t been a highlight in my life the last nearly 2 years I’ve been making the drive). The accident continues to be major wake-up call for me as it puts the most vital things into perspective — time to slow down and concentrate on essentials. Your article is perfect reminder to do so.

    Since the accident, I’ve tried to weather the chaos with conscious and truly reflect and re-evaluate my go-go-go lifestyle. I realized I totally overload and rush myself. I drink too much coffee, I go out too much, I never have time for the gym and I don’t get nearly enough sleep. Health is the most important thing in the world, and although I’m young and virile now, all of this over-working, over-thinking, over-doing is catching up with me , and it has; my body-mind continuum checked out for a few moments in that car — distracted, stressed, trying to juggle a million things at once — and I can’t risk that kind of a check-out ever again. My distraction was damaging – I rear-ended one car who ended up hitting another car. Thankfully, no one is seriously injured.

    In a strange, serendipitous way, the experience brought me closer to death and realizing my mortality, making me feel more awake and alive than ever. I want to make some major lifestyle changes and this accident is that impetus, that blessing in disguise, that will keep me awake. I know these mediation cds will help me get back on the road with confidence and prioritize the present – that’s all we have, afterall. Thank you for listening. This was a wonderful post!

  • Greg

    Great tips! Things I use with my clients on a regular basis. And things I need to be reminded of on a regular basis!

  • Greg

    Great tips! Things I use with my clients on a regular basis. And things I need to be reminded of on a regular basis!

  • http://twitter.com/niellemc niellemc

    I have had to change what I listen to in the car in order to deal with being less angry and stressed while driving. Why is it that I’m compassionate and kind to people face to face but behind a car I lose patience? I was dreading every drive everywhere because of anxiety, fear, temper, etc. Then I started listening to classical or meditation music and tried to visualize the light and connected of all of us on the road. I’m always looking for helpful CDs because driving seems to be my very biggest challenge in patience. Thanks for your awesome website and giveaways such as this!

  • Al

    Whenever someone cuts me off I try to tell myself it is an angel slowing me down so that I am not in a spot where I could have been in an accident…therefore saving me!

  • Al

    Whenever someone cuts me off I try to tell myself it is an angel slowing me down so that I am not in a spot where I could have been in an accident…therefore saving me!

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