Conscious Commuting

by Swami Kriyananda, created and compiled by Bhagavati Nani and Ramesha Nani

How to Use this CD
This CD is designed for use throughout your workday, to help you remain calm and centered in moments of stress, and to access joyful enthusiasm when you’re feeling low.

Driving to Work
Stay relaxed and alert as you commute to work in the morning. Traffic and other factors can be overwhelming, but if you arrive at your workplace agitated, your ability to focus will be  impaired. Equally important, starting the day with stress lowers your energy, making it harder to get things done or experience satisfaction in your activity. Uplifting music will help you feel awake and energized, but from a peaceful center.

At Work
Challenges and crises occur, but one can stay calm and even-minded in the midst of it all. Here’s a simple technique that works. When you’ve lost your inner peace, just breathe! When your body is relaxed, you naturally breathe deeply, and the reverse is also true: when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down, and that message is passed on to your body. First, use the breathing exercise on Track 7. At that point you can select one of the listed issues and follow the instructions. You may want to use headphones to block out distracting sounds.

Driving Home from Work
Detach your mind from the problems and projects you’ve been dealing with. Otherwise, you’re likely to burden yourself and your loved ones with work-related issues once you get home. Let go and release the day, which will allow you to be present and relaxed, able to enjoy quality time with the people you care about the most. This section is designed to help you detach yourself from your workday. The goal is to decrease your mental activity by removing your attention from the details of your daily routine and shifting your awareness, so you can see and appreciate the “bigger picture.”

Before Bed
The quality of your sleep is a key factor in how well you cope, physically and mentally, with stress. To easily fall asleep and remain deeply asleep throughout the night is of vital importance in getting the deep, restorative rest the body needs in order to combat stress and wake up rejuvenated and ready to take on a new day. A common cause of insomnia is the many thoughts that cause tension in the body. This section is designed to free your mind of worries and concerns so your body can relax, allowing you to regain your inner peace. Before you begin, make sure you’re ready for bed, so you can go straight from your relaxation session to sleep. You may want to use headphones in order to block out distracting sounds.

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