Summary: This meditation tip for us busy people is a Zen meditation technique which we can do while driving. This meditation helps one to come into the “here and now” and realize the absolute perfection of the moment.
Since so many ideas are flowing with regard to clever yoga, pranayama and meditation tips to help us busy people in our spiritual practice, I have decided to break up the original series into 2 separate threads. One series will focus on just meditation tips, while the other will be yoga tips (and include pranayama tips). So this article will launch the clever meditation tips for busy people series, while the original articles will become the Yoga Tips Series.
In America we drive a lot, and even those who don’t drive a lot, often take trains and buses as part of their daily life. This “idle” time presents us with a great opportunity to get in some meditation work and there are many meditations that can conveniently be done during this time. We already explored doing pranayama exercises while driving and in the article Clever Yoga Tips for Busy People – Part 1 and I will now present an excellent Zen meditation technique that can also be easily done while in transit. The same warning applies to those trying this meditation while driving: Please DO NOT practice this meditation if it distracts you in any way from your driving.
Zen Meditation techniques all have their roots in mindfulness or being in the moment. This meditation tip is no different and is also designed to help you come into the “here and now” as much as possible. Below is a step by step guide of how to practice this meditation. It is given assuming you are driving, but can easily be extrapolated to other modes of transportation.
Meditation Tip: Driving Zen Meditation Technique
Start the meditation by taking 5 long deep slow breaths. This will relax you.
Now, bring your attention to your breathing and just observe its flow without manipulating it in any way. Meditate on it’s physical characteristic as closely as you can. Feeling it’s temperature, texture, depth etc. Continue this meditation for 1-5 mins. This will settle your mind down.
Now begins the heart of this meditation. Begin to watch the scenery go by as you drive with an unfocused, holistic gaze. In other words, let your vision relax, incorporate the periphery and without any point of focus just observe the world as you journey through it. Just observe the trees, sky, clouds, houses, cars as they pass by. Just be empty within and allow the world to pass through you. That’s it.
To add another component to this meditation technique, whenever you come to a stop return your attention to your breath and then when moving, meditate once more on the scenery.
If at any time driving requires your focused attention please stop the meditation and pay attention to your driving.
Commentary on Driving Zen Meditation Technique
This meditation tip probably belongs more in the series Online Book of Guided Meditation Techniques because like the meditations described there, it has the ability to reveal to you the True Nature of Reality. Etched in my mind are occasions where the absolute perfection of life and the moment was fully realized while practicing this technique. This meditation was one that just came to me naturally and I am happy to share it with all of you. The credit for getting me to put this technique down on paper goes to one of my most senior and adept Kundalini Yoga students – Miguelina, as she asked me to provide a meditation technique she could do while driving. So Miguelina, there it is… Enjoy!