Ever found yourself driven to the verge of rage by someone making a careless maneuvre, or honking his horn at you … because you were dutifully obeying the speed limit?
Transcendental Meditation: benefits of calm driving
The madness you feel behind the wheel could be a matter of life and death. According to statistics, more than half of all fatal accidents are in some way or other caused by aggressive driving. Ability to keep a calm and balanced mind is thus a critical factor of road safety.
“The best way to deal with road rage,“ says Transcendental Meditation teacher Jeanne Ball in an article on the methods of coping with road rage, “is to avert the danger that has not yet come”.
This is done, Ball says, by dissolving stress that has built up in the nervous system before it gets triggered while driving. “Accumulated tension, stress and anxiety can be a time bomb waiting to explode. Get to the root of the problem and eliminate the stress through any approach proven to effectively dissolve stress, such as the Transcendental Meditation technique.”
Clinical studies have shown that the Transcendental Meditation technique decreases stress hormones and reduces anxiety and hypertension. “Nowadays, even soldiers are using it to remain levelheaded under the pressures of combat. When you leave your house cool, calm and collected, you can more gracefully handle the frustration of traffic jams and careless drivers.”
Full article “How to overcome road rage“ by Elaina Verhoff, published on sheknows.com