Helping drivers stay Healthy
Helping drivers stay Healthy
So you’ve decided to start looking after the health of your "mind". But where do you begin? How do I even get started? Can a Truck Driver use meditation? What are some basic points I need to know, like how will I feel and what can I expect from trying? These are all good questions to ask, and, lucky for you, we are here with some answers.
Most first-timers find it strange to sit in silence in the trucking world when it's hectic and some what out of control. And now we are trying to learn to sit and to feel and work with our innermost thoughts and feelings. Boy that is defiantly different. It's these very things that's funny enough to deal with, because the mind tends to resist - the No Noise idea. To a beginner, meditation might initially feel a little strange, perhaps even stupid, but that’s okay. People have been meditating for around 3,000 years, and many have experienced the same questions, or wonder that first-time meditators often feel.
Maybe you want to start meditating because you want to feel less stressed during the long day of driving or more focused on your family life . Maybe meditating is part of a wider personal development plan you want to try this year. Or maybe you’re looking to improve your relationships with those that work around you. Whatever the reason, training the mind through meditation is training in awareness, and training in awareness offers the potential to fundamentally transform your perspective on life.
Our entire existence is experienced through our minds, and our perspective on life can dramatically alter once we begin meditating. Being inspired to start meditating is very different from actually doing it, however, you’ll only feel the benefits of meditation by beginning and maintaining a program. In order to have meditation work, you need to do meditation. In order to calm your mind, you need to begin by sitting with its untamed nature.
Meditation is simple to learn and involves some fairly straightforward techniques.
When you start and close your eyes and follow the instructions of your first guided meditation (whether in-person or via a recording or web outline), you should expect your mind to be busy, easily distracted, and restless. Just because you’ve chosen to sit and meditate doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly experience uninterrupted calm, in the same way you’d never expect to tame a wild horse overnight.
The process of meditating is straightforward and easy, simply sit and practice, a little at a time. All you have to do is find a spot close your eyes, stay focused on your breathing, and let your mind do its thing. This is the one skill where you don’t have to strive to achieve something — just a place of stillness where no effort is required.
There is no such thing as a good or bad meditation. There is only awareness or non-awareness. The moment you realize you’re lost in thought, that’s awareness, and that’s when you return to the object of focus (usually the breath). This is all you have to keep doing — return from your distracted thought to the breath, all the time honing your awareness. With perseverance, the periods between awareness and distraction will get longer and longer.
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