One of the primary hurdles for people looking to start a meditation practice is finding a location and time of day that works for them. I’m a big believer that there is no size fits all when it comes to cultivating a daily meditation practice. But I can tell you, that by far, one of the most unexpected yet effective locations to meditate is the car, ridesharing, or public transportation. Now of course, you want to do this upon your arrival or before you leave for your destination (not while driving), but this is effective for a couple of reasons.
First, it helps to honor the natural transitions in our life. By taking 5 minutes in your car in the morning before you head into work or after you have dropped the kids, you allow yourself to switch from family/home mode into word/daily activity mode. Same when you come home or before your pick up kids from school. By taking 5 minutes to just focus on your breath before you walk in the door, you drop the work/daily activity hat and are able to be more present for the downtime that is so necessary to nourish our bodies and minds at the end of a busy day and be more present with your loved ones.
Secondly, for many people, transportation is a daily activity which can serve as a mindfulness trigger that we can simply couple with our mindfulness practice.
Below are the simple steps to making your car/transportation the ultimate mindfulness “vehicle.” Have a wonderful week!
Inspiration: Deepak Chopra
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there.” ~Deepak Chopra
Mindfulness Tip: Car/Public Transportation/Ride Sharing
Step 1: Arrive at your destination. You can either turn the car off with the windows down or keep it running if you want air.
Step 2: Set a Timer. Either select your favorite bell from the Insight Timer app or use your phone alarm with a different sound than your wake up alarm. 5 minutes is a good place to start.
Step 3: As you close your eyes, start to just notice your breath.
Step 4: You can then begin to count your breaths. In for 1, out 2, in 3, out 4 all the way up to 10. If you get distracted, which you will, simply start over. Stay the duration of the timer.
Step 5: Gently begin to open your eyes. Take a deep cleansing breath. And enter your day/evening with more presence and patience.
Bonus: If you are looking for more guidance, search my name (Paige Davis) on Insight Timer and you will find a series of 5-minute guided meditations to choose from.