New Hopewell & Wikiliya Tea Factories have organized a Sathi Pasala mindfulness programme at Sri Sudharshana Maha Viharaya on 13th March 2019 for School Bus Drivers Association, Balangoda. More than 65 members of the School Bus Drivers Association participated. It ran from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. The programme was conducted by Ven. Kurunegala Sobhitha Thero. Participants were guided to practice several mindful activities including mindful walking, mindful sitting, mindful eating, mindful listening and mindful games as well. This group had not participated in such kind of programme before. Therefore, this was a wonderful experience for them.
Due to the main cause of accidents is the lack of care, the school bus drivers will be able to prevent more accidents on the road by practicing mindfulness and their job can be done in a very safe manner. By practicing mindfulness throughout their commute, they can develop focus and create calm and relaxation. By training to remain in the present moment, it trains their selves to avoid unconscious thinking.