You’re stuck at the lights. You have the opportunity to seethe with impatience, or to treat the wait like a mini-holiday. Relax. Shake yourself loose and settle back in the seat. Take three or four deep breaths and sigh.


  1. Scan your body for tension.
    How are you holding the steering wheel?
    Are your face and neck muscles tighter than necessary?
    Let your belly soften.
  2. Be present. Look around slowly.
    Notice the scenery, the traffic, the sky.
    Keep breathing.
  3. This exercise finishes as the lights turn green.
    Now devote all your attention to the task at hand: driving safely.
    And look forward to the next red light.

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