First of all, thank you for the kind words, the suggestion and the fabulous title, Calm Commute. After much thinking and discussion, we decided that we probably don’t really need to make a special program, since we already have existing audio material that would serve the purpose.
Affirmations, of course are perfect for driving. But you could also use the Counting the Breath and the Mantra Repetition tracks that appear in several of our titles: Panic Attacks, for instance; or Stress Hardiness Optimization, Guided Imagery Mix, to name three. You wouldn’t zone out much using those, but they would keep you calm.
Another thought would be to listen to a program like Relaxation & Wellness at home, and then play the same music (Steve Kohn’s Music for Meditation) without the words, while driving while driving.
There’s also Road Sage by Sylvia Boorstein, created for just this purpose. She cultivates mindful driving by guiding the listener to work with the physical sensations and mind states that grab us with road craziness - like impatience, fury, helpless frustration – you know. And she’s got a really great voice, plus a comfortable, embodied, calming, compassionate, companionable presence. So you could also drive with Sylvia.
But, just between you and me, if your goal is to send love to those who tailgate and pass on the wrong side of the road – well, that might be a little ambitious! Not impossible, mind you, but definitely ambitious.
Invoking Your Inner Road Sage while Driving….
As I was making my 30 minute commute, I realize that I am much calmer when I listen to Belleruth's CDs, especially the Affirmations. (I do understand the disclaimer of not listening while driving).
I, like everyone else, have been provoked to "road rage" and thought if Belleruth made a "Calm Commute" CD to listen to while driving, keeping inner peace and sending love to those who tailgate, pass on the wrong side of the road… she would be doing humanity a great service.
If/when she makes this CD, I will be the FIRST in line to buy & USE it.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award
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