While writing a paper I came across this and thought that it is directly applicable to road safety:
Zen Master Takuan on spontaneity in the martial arts...
You need to realize that when you practice from the state of beginner all the way to the stage of immutable wisdom, then you must go back to the status of the beginner again.
Let me explain in terms of your martial arts. As a beginner you know nothing of stance or sword position, so you have nothing in yourself to dwell on mentally. If someone strikes at you, you just fight, without thinking of anything.
Then when you learn various things like stance, how to wield a sword, where to place the attention, and so on, your mind lingers on various points, so you find yourself all tangled up when you try to strike.
But if you practice day after day and month after month eventually stance and swordplay don't hang on your mind anymore, and you are like a beginner who knows nothing.
The basic mind is the mind that does not stay in one place but pervades the whole body and whole being. The errant mind is the mind fixed on one spot, brooding over some thing.
When the basic mind congeals and focuses on one point, it becomes the errant mind. Once the basic mind is lost, its various functions become deficient. So the fundamental idea is to try not to lose it.
If you mind fixes on one spot and lingers on one thing, it freezes. As a result it cannot be used freely, just as ice cannot be used for washing.
Anyone else see the links to motorcycle safety?