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Driving with Meditation Music

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Road rage is not going away and daily commute times continues to grow. This combination of factors is leading many drivers to seek ways to stay calm while driving.  Many are turning to meditation music as a way to relax. Others are just taking advantage of daily commute time to squeeze in some meditation in their otherwise crammed scheduled.

Proceed with Caution

By definition, meditation involves altering one’s consciousness, which can be dangerous when behind the wheel of a car.  Many forms of meditation require that the practitioner close their eyes or focus on a single spot.  This is impossible when driving.  Instead, drivers should attempt meditation that improves focus, restores energy, or sharpens attention.  A meditation practice that focuses on mindfulness is also a good choice.

When employing meditation music in a moving vehicle, it is a good idea to make sure that at least 50% of the mind is focused on the driving. Realistically, many drivers give less attention than that when driving as their minds are preoccupied with “to do” lists, problems at work or home, listening to audio books, or holding conversations on their cell phones or with passengers.  Being able to give most of the attention to driving and leaving a smaller portion to absorb the meditative music is a good balance.

Meditating While Driving

As in other meditation, focusing on breath is a good place to start. The idea is to use the breath first, and then the music to help clear stray thoughts and emotions, allowing the driver to achieve a state of mindfulness or focus. By giving over some attention to the chosen music, drivers can achieve a sense of calmness and even peacefulness that most commuters couldn’t imagine.  Instead of returning home cursing every driver and taking anger out on family members, they arrive serene and even energized to enjoy their evening.  It can also improve productivity to arrive at work in this focused, mindful state instead of frustrated by the morning commute.

There are countless recordings of meditation music available.  Each driver will need to find the specific music that works best for them.  It is probably a good idea to listen to the music at home first to experience the effects in a safe place.  The music should be calming and inspire relaxation.  It should not be so repetitive as to be hypnotic or induce sleepiness. Music that is too compelling or engrossing will draw focus away from driving, while music that is too incidental will not be able to induce a meditative state, instead allowing the distractions of daily life to intrude.

As with any other meditative practice, it is important to experiment to find what works best — just do the experimenting in a non-moving vehicle first, to avoid accidents while driving. You don’t have to be driving like a racer such as Scott Tucker to get this down!