5 Ways to Embrace Your Work Commute

5 Ways to Embrace Your Work Commute
Michelle Fondin

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American’s commute to work is 26 minutes, which is 20 percent longer than in 1980. If you calculate that round trip weekly, you are spending, on average, 4.3 hours commuting. Many who live in big cities would consider a 26-minute commute to be a blessing. Cities like New York and Washington, D.C. see average commute times of 34 and 32 minutes respectively.

Instead of viewing your long commute times as time wasted, win back that notion of time well spent on your daily commute by embracing these five principles.

Educate Yourself

An effective way to spend your commute is to listen to audiobooks. If you’re constantly on-the-go, and don’t have time to read, listening to an audiobook while driving is a great way to learn about a new topic, enjoy history lessons, escape into a novel, or study for tests on your way to earning a degree. The sky is the limit.

Get excited to learn by setting a goal for yourself. Set the intention to listen to twelve books in twelve months or to learn a new skill such as speaking Spanish. If your commute is the average 4.3 hours weekly, then you’ll have around 220 hours of learning a year. You could at least get to level two or three of a new language in that time.

Meditate

Whether you are driving, flying, taking a bus, or riding a train, you can meditate all the time and every time. Meditation is a wonderful way to connect you to a more organized way of thinking as your brainwaves synchronize. If you don’t have time to meditate, your daily commute is a great time to integrate this practice into your life.

If you are riding to work, you can do a silent meditation with your eyes closed. Rest assured, you will be safe. Secure your bags around your shoulders and on your lap and get comfortable in your seat. Your sense of intuition is heightened when you meditate, so you will sense if you’re not in a safe space or if someone with poor intentions is approaching you.

If you are driving, you can practice mindful driving, where you turn off the radio and tune into all of the details of driving, observing things you pass along the way, your breath, and how it feels to be in motion.

Practice Mindfulness Observation

It’s common to go through daily activities with your brain on autopilot. When you’re commuting, you’re usually thinking about other things, talking on the phone, emailing and texting, gulping down your morning coffee, or all of the above. Instead, try to observe your surroundings as a present moment mindfulness exercise.

In today’s world, it takes real effort to be present. Put away your electronic devices, shut off any distractions, and truly observe everything around you. Watch people and how they act and interact. Look at …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra  

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