I\u2019ve been involved in mindfulness practices in some form or another for over 25 years. I dabbled in meditation related to my karate classes during high school, began studying yoga early in college, started teaching yoga in my mid-20s, and embarked on a study of Chinese martial arts in my late 20s which included tai chi, qigong and various forms of martial arts-related meditations. I discovered the writings of world renowned mindfulness advocate Thich Nhat Hanh in my early 30s, and since then\u2014for the last 15 years or so\u2014I\u2019ve applied his mindfulness teachings to just about anything you care to name: walking, cycling, housecleaning, yard work, interpersonal relationships, workplace dynamics, raising my daughter, and my addiction recovery. There\u2019s one area in my life, however, where I just can\u2019t seem to be mindful. In fact, in this one sliver of my life, I\u2019m a lower-self dominated Neanderthal jerk. The time and place I\u2019m 100 percent mindfully challenged? When I\u2019m driving my car. Addiction, Anger and Traffic I\u2019ve been working my addiction recovery program for over 20 years. Like many people in recovery, I developed my addictions as a direct result of childhood trauma. Along with that trauma came a lot of anger. Anger is something that almost everyone going through addiction recovery has to deal with. In the years that I\u2019ve been facing my anger and doing battle with my personal demons, I\u2019ve learned a lot of extremely effective coping strategies, and honestly, I feel like I\u2019ve done a good job processing the residual anger from my childhood. I\u2019ve worked the steps, identified the people with whom I\u2019m angry, forgiven them when possible, talked it out with those with whom it was possible, and made amends when it did no harm. I\u2019ve come a long way, and made a lot of progress\u2014I\u2019m definitely not the same guy who walked into that first AA meeting 23 years ago. The anger that arose from my childhood experiences no longer dominates my life, and no longer has an unconscious hold on me. But when I get behind the wheel of my car and start driving, suddenly I have anger to spare. I have enough for 10 men. Where does it come from? I don\u2019t know. Why is it there? I don\u2019t know. All I know is that when someone cuts me off in traffic, I start to curse. I\u2019m a cyclist, but when I\u2019m driving and a cyclist gets in my way, I\u2019m all driver. I think to myself, \u201cWhat is this guy on the bike thinking? Sheesh. Cyclists think they own the road.\u201d When I\u2019m on my way (late) to a meeting and a stoplight turns red as I approach it, suddenly I\u2019m angry\u2014at an inanimate object. This is the irony of ironies, because when I\u2019m on my way to a meeting, my mind is supposed to be on my program and the techniques that have been so effective in helping me process my emotions. Mindfulness and Driving Where does all my mindfulness training fit in with all this? Where\u2019s my yogic balance, my meditative calm? And where\u2019s my understanding of the yin\/yang of the universe so hard earned through all my work in Chinese martial arts? Furthermore, how can I teach yoga and meditation, preach about equilibrium and equanimity, and even write articles on mindfulness, when I get behind the wheel of my car and become a modern-day Mr. Hyde? The answer is simple: despite all my years of training, I still have work to do. I have to get back to basics, and make sure my fundamentals are sound. Just like my journey through addiction recovery, my work is never done. It\u2019s always valuable to go back through the steps and check in. Where mindfulness and driving are concerned, my review work is to look at each little frustration, each time someone changes lanes in front of me without using their blinker, every person trying to make up their mind whether to turn left or right, every stoplight, stop sign, and every minor delay as a gift that allows me to practice a mindful approach to living. Each setback is a new chance to learn to deal with my anger in a positive and productive way. Each little roadblock is an opportunity to practice patience, balance, compassion and understanding. And believe me, considering the way people drive in my city, with all these opportunities I\u2019m presented with every single day, driving in traffic just might lead me to enlightenment.