Change the World on Your Commute

Posted on August 28, 2013
image083When fellow drivers on the road act reckless and don't seem to be paying attention it can cause at best undue stress and irritability and at worst, accidents.  Road rage is real and often comes as a result of others' rage. Instead, could the time we're stuck in the car, alone with ourselves be an opportunity for growth and change?  If we use this time wisely and constructively, we can find peace and perhaps even stronger abdominals!

It's true that on a daily basis you may encounter sitting in traffic, for apparently no good reason. Or what about when you're just driving along and someone cuts you off at of nowhere, or runs the red light as you're in the middle of a left-hand turn?  One of the worst offenses is when the driver first in line at the light falls asleep at green arrows leaving the cars behind them to miss their opportunity to make the turn as they sit through one, two or even three more cycles, possibly then arriving late to their destination.  Grrrrrrr!
However, when we meditate on a regular basis, or recite a centering thought in moments of distress that we have no direct control over, or engage in ab compressions with focused breathing, we develop the ability to calmly and objectively observe a situation, acknowledge when we are being triggered, and consciously choose how we want to respond. Instead of knee-jerk reactions like flipping out or getting our blood pressure up, we free ourselves to make choices that will help us fulfill our deepest desires for peace, love, fulfillment, and happiness.image085

Deepak Chopra always encourages us to set intentions.  Today, set the intention to consult your heart before you acting on road rage. Your heart is a reliable guide that helps you experience empathy, compassion, and love. The heart is the seat of emotional intelligence, and it allows you to get in touch with your true self. It nurtures all of your relationships by reminding you to see yourself in the other. Perhaps the person who cut you off had just been nearly ridden off the road by someone not driving in their own lane, they're now late for work and really anxious and therefore careless about it. When we choose to react by consulting our hearts, our emotional intelligence, we can begin to make change for ourselves AND our fellow drivers. See through the eye of your heart and you open the doorway to manifesting the life and relationships you most desire--all on your commute!

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