How to Make Your Daily Commute Mindful

Mindfulness plays a vital role which helps stay attentive, engaged, and connected when performing certain activities. Contrary to popular opinion, mindfulness is not only about meditation or complicated postures. It can be done anywhere and under any circumstances. People who use it in performing daily activities, such as caring for a friend or family, grocery shopping, folding clothes, and washing dishes.

If you practice mindfulness only when you are on your yoga seat or meditation seat, it cannot become a part of your daily experience. When you integrate this practice into ordinary activities, it can enrich your life experience. You can practice mindful commuting to boost the effects of mindfulness in your life.

The primary objective of mindful commuting is to be engaged and present anywhere you are. No matter how irrelevant a moment seems, mindful commuting involves living in the moment and taking every opportunity.

Due to the increase in the number of people going back to work, you might begin to give up late wake up times and leisurely mornings to go back to a long commute. No matter what you encounter when going to work, you can do follow the following tips to help you stay mindful.

Try Loving-Kindness

Loving-kindness, or metta practice, involves expressing a genuine sense of empathy and compassion for yourself and people around you. It is possible to experience different bad feelings when sitting in a rush hour traffic or going into a crowded train. You may feel agitation, contempt, impatient towards other people. This is usually the best time to practice loving-kindness. You don’t have to allow the negative feelings consume you. You can reflect on the circumstance and focus on the positive things. Practicing this can remind you that:

  • You’re human
  • Now is the perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness

You can make negative feelings a gateway to express a sense of loving-kindness for yourself and people around you.