There is much talk about living mindfully and mindfulness.
The dictionary definition is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a “therapeutic technique.”.
It is sometimes considered as a form of meditation. But this week I have been reminded that
mindfulness is living in the now. Being
conscious of what you are doing, whether it’s breathing, eating, looking at a
flower or even driving.
Living in amongst country lanes, many of which aren’t particularly wide I see a lot of shall we say interesting driving. People get so caught up in their thoughts – what’s for dinner? what am I doing at work today?, please shut up kids! That they forget to be mindful and give full attention to the road ahead. Driving faster just makes this even more of an issue because you then have less time to react when there is a problem).
We must remember that we aren’t the sole users of the road – there are cars are coming the other way – as well as the ones in front and behind us. Driving in the middle of the road isn’t great idea, especially going around corners or bends. With pot holes and fallen branches to avoid along the way, most drivers will be on the lookout but I’ve noticed a number of people so busy trying to avoid them on their side of the road and not slowing down that they only just missed me in the process.
Also the wildlife, strangely they don’t know about the rules of the road. It is up to us humans to be mindful.
There will be times when accidents happen – maybe the squirrel or pheasant chooses to run or fly the wrong way, straight into the path of the car. Perhaps this is your wake up call, you aren’t the only one out on the road, concentrate on your actions. Take the time to send a thought to the animal of thanks.
Please give yourself a little more time when you get in the car and try to drive mindfully to protect you, your loved ones in the car and other road users.