Recently, we spoke with JPA Workspaces' Mindfulness Consultant Jo Clarke on ways to deal with anxiety in the workspace. This time, Jo has some ideas on coping with any anxiety on the commute to work, specifically if you commute to work (which is problematic in itself!). By practicing Jo's advice, you can enter your workspace, sink into your comfortable office chair and feel set to take the day on!
A train journey can be one of the most useful places to practice Mindfulness meditation.
Throughout the mindfulness practice, you will notice that you are distracted; by thoughts, sounds, physical sensations, and emotions. It’s almost impossible not to be distracted on a train journey, isn’t it!?
Remembering that this is the purpose of mindfulness meditation and this is where the richness of experience can be found; to bring awareness to your whole experience as it is right now and to notice your automatic reactions to external and internal stimuli.
Each time you become aware of an agitation, a joy or perhaps a tendency to fall asleep or attempt to block out the uncomfortable sounds and feelings, see if you can sit, awake, from the position of observer, noticing, watching, with curiosity and friendliness. Not needing to cling to or push away any element of your experience.
Try practicing this for the next few days, on a train, or elsewhere and see what you notice.