The Antidote to Road Rage with Sylvia Boorstein

Once we realize that every single thing we do makes a difference, we learn to pay impeccable attention. This awareness has huge ramifications in a car. You see a school bus ahead with, who knows, 48 children in it? They've got 96 parents and 192 grandparents and then there are the great-grandparents and sisters and brothers and teachers and classmates. If we remembered that, we would never treat that bus like it's a casual part of the scenery.

Every time you get into your car and you drive it on the freeway or anywhere at all, it's an act of faith. Our lives are really not in our own hands when we are in a car. In fact, when we are driving anywhere, we are taking for granted that our fellow drivers are looking out for us, and trying not to hurt us. Getting to where I'm going is completely dependent on other drivers, as well as myself. That's why I call drivers a “rolling faith community.”

With Road Sage, I want to introduce people to the practice of mindful driving. I define mindfulness as the practice of awakened attention—a balanced alert state of mind that includes the intention to develop clear comprehension of purpose. For example, you can ask yourself before you get into the car, “Should I drive right now?” You might even put something on your dashboard to remind yourself that you are driving, first of all, not only for yourself but for everybody else on the road—the other members of your faith community.

—Excerpt from Road Sage

Sylvia Boorstein

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Sylvia Boorstein is an author, grandmother, a cofounding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachu...

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