[Thought it might be nice to post some stories about what has happened experientially to complement posts that discuss things generally. Please add any anecdotes]
I live about 9 miles from town. My little country road is usually quite empty so I can drive at my own pace and see everything in front of me. My big bugbear was always tractors and lorries as there are only a few places on the road with enough straight to overtake safely. In the last few months, or so, it seemed like the world was conspiring against me because on many occasions as I'd leave the house I'd see a lorry coming down the hill that I was going to be stuck behind. It had got to the stage I was hurrying to get to the bottom of the drive, my heart quickening slightly, just to beat any traffic. Of course I knew that was really stupid and so berated myself and reminded myself of mindfulness. I'd follow those lorries getting worked up inside until the overtaking straight and then zoom past- sometimes not being as careful as perhaps I should have. The thoughts were coming that awareness wasn't helping much, but gradually I have noticed that, as I was less and less located in those thoughts and that identity, I wasn't suffering, even though the body and personality were doing the whole anxious/annoyed thing still. Plus the personality still wanted to deal with the whole thing better. Awareness/wholeness, not being concerned with anything, was just..aware/whole. Driving like this was exactly the same as before but different too. The personality still wanted to drive calmly and properly, still didn't like lorries, still felt annoyed but the 'space' in and around it made it devoid of suffering. Then, in the last few weeks, I noticed that the whole thing had stopped. I was driving slowly and happily behind lorries- the personality had got what 'it' wanted and awareness was still just awareness- so perfectly fine. The funny thing was that I still wanted to overtake the lorries on the straights and have the view of the road ahead, rather than the back of a lorry, but now if I got the opportunity it was a calmer, more considered overtaking and if I didn't, well then it was fine still to follow more slowly all the way.