Who's Driving?

Walk around gently in the world. Wheel around mindfully—whether on bicycle, wheelchair, or skateboard.

Drive a car peacefully, knowing you can’t know what the driver in front of you is going through. If you find yourself blasting the horn in anger at someone’s presumed stupidity or arrogance, take a deep breath. Consider whether you truly must disturb the serenity of the neighborhood in order to express your emotions. Maybe there are some pressures driving you around that have yet to be noticed and understood. The more you comprehend these pressures, the more room there is for loving-kindness in your heart.

As the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, “the Buddha said that when you practice loving kindness, you experience a lot of space. That space is the environment in which joy can be born in you.”


Thich Nhat Hanh's quote is from his dharma talk entitled "Love," available at www.plumvillage.org