Usually we post news stories without comment, but this one I can’t let pass.
Russell Brand (an English comedian and actor — I had to look him up) said “I’m using meditation to make me a better driver.” Cue the “warning” (Los Angeles, Beware: Russell Brand Meditates While Driving) from People magazine that Brand meditates while driving.
I guess if you think about meditation as something you do with your eyes closed then the idea of meditating while driving sounds pretty scary. But if you can do walking meditation (and yes, that’s done with the eyes open) then you can also do driving meditation. In fact, I do it all the time. Somehow, I think it’s the drivers who are spacing out as they drive who are more dangerous than those who are trying to pay attention to what they do.
Interestingly, I’ve just reviewed a new audiobook on mindful driving — in other words guidance on how to turn your driving into a meditation practice. It’s by Michele McDonald, and you can read the review here or check it out in our online store. McDonald is an excellent teacher, and my review was very positive. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, also gave the audiobook a great review.
And here’s someone talking about using the audiobook while driving: