They say that commuting can be one of the biggest contributors to stress and anxiety... I see people in their tin boxes every day, sat in traffic and hardly anyone looks like it's a great part of their day.
I've always been lucky to live less than 20-30 minutes away from where I work, so it's never been a huge issue for me... But it was certainly an unpleasant experience.
I now work in a studio which is only a ten minute walk away from my home, and that walk is one of the most enjoyable parts of my day.
Today I put on a guided walking meditation and it enhanced the journey even more.
It helps you to become aware of the complex movements that your body make when moving forwards.
We do this so automatically that we don't even stop to realise how amazing it actually is.
Try to be mindful of every step you take. I focus on the different parts of your foot as they touch the ground.
What this does is connect you with your body.
You will soon stop thinking about the past or the future and become more 'in the moment'.
As thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them and let them pass... Then return to focussing on your body as you move. This will happen over and over again. That is fine, just return to your practice and don't give up.
When I do this, I find my mind going to a very calm and focussed place.
Any stress or anxiety I was feeling... Any problems or challenges I am facing move from the forefront of my mind and I can achieve a kind of inner peace.
Moving beyond walking, mindfulness is something you can practice at any part of your day.
When you are sat at your desk, in your car or stood in a queue for a coffee in Starbucks you can focus your mind on what your body is doing and feeling.
Once you start doing this, it becomes quite addictive... But in a truly positive way.
Give it a try and let me know how you get on!