Using Every Moment

Some people can spend up to 18 years of their life in traffic, a new report from London claims. That is one long traffic jam. How about a simple meditation exercise that will not make you late or get a dangerous driving ticket.

These guys have clearly not been to Bangkok.

Most people in Britain spend five years behind the wheel but the misery increases for travellers living in London where traffic chaos is worse, reports The Sun.

The average person travelling to work now faces a three-hour round trip, according to the report by the AA and Work Wise UK.

The report aims to persuade bosses to allow more staff to work from home as congestion and delays cost Britain’s economy £22billion a year.

Work Wise UK boss Phil Flaxton said: “The requirement to travel to and from work at the same time to the same place every weekday is going to look more and more old-fashioned.

“A change to work practices, and hence travel patterns, is one of the solutions to road congestion and public transport overcrowding.”

Is this all time wasted or is it part of living and something that can be enjoyed too? While you might not want to get into lotus posture on the bus, or concentrate too hard on the breathing while you are travelling, there is a nice and simple practise you can indulge. Stop thinking!

Thinking lives on two main levels – the verbalised thought, that appears in your mind in sentences complete with grammar, and pre-verbalised which is more ephemeral. The former is fairly easy to stop still for short periods, but the mind sneaks new thoughts in through the back door very quickly. You catch yourself back in thought. Do not worry that if you are not thinking you will miss your bus stop or crash your car. You should find that you operate better when not thinking than when lost in thought. You can extend the thought free periods with practise, putting the travel time to good use. You should feel lighter and more ready for work having rested the mind in this way for a period each day, but that is for you to discover – each person is different and Dhamma should be thoroughly tried and tested by each individual.  The above article describes ‘stuck behind the wheel’ as ‘misery’ .

  • Can misery arise when there are no thoughts to feed it?
  • Is misery an emotion and not a thought? What is the relationship?
  • Does Dukkha really only arise when there is Desire?

On our weekend retreat June 2008, we will focus on the effects of thought, hopefully experiencing some of the answers to the above questions.

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