Driving can be stressful and even dangerous, unless the driver has two skills – able to keep the focus on the driving activity and be able to respond to the inevitable stressful events during driving with a cool mind. ‘Focusing on breathing’ is a great tool for both acquiring and honing these two skills. Let us see the 1-2-3 steps for achieving these very useful skills.
Master the basic technique of ‘Focusing on breathing’ (FOB) at bedtime (2), on waking up (3), and in the daytime (4). Over a few months, FOB becomes a spontaneous practice, happening on its own.
Use FOB during all the routine and non-routine stoppages during which you impatiently wait for a few seconds to minutes – watching the traffic to take a left or a right turn, merging onto a busy road or highway, stopped at a ‘STOP’ sign, stopped at the red light waiting for the green light and crawling at the toll gates or traffic jams. More at (5).
The final step is to practice FOB while driving on a hassle free highway without much traffic. More at (6).
Parent page: Phase I – Daytime practice
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