Zen and the art of Land Rover Meandering

Zen and the art of Land Rover Meandering

“Love is the absence of judgement.” Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama must have been talking about the partner of a Land Rover owner…

What being a Land Rover owner’s wife has taught me:

  • Patience is a survival skill. Zen breathing is a ‘Landie thing’. Breathing in… “Land Rover working – one” Breathing out… “Land Rover working – two…”
  • There will be oil – wherever you go.
  • Time is slower in a Land Rover – enjoy the ride. The destination may change, depending on where it can be fixed.
  • You need Liam Neeson’s line in Taken: “What I do have are a particular set of skills…”


Those included:

  • Physical strength to push a Land Rover. (Forget “Who moved your cheese”, rather focus on “can you move a Landie?”)
  • Social Skills (negotiating with tow-trucks).
  • Emotional Intelligence (adapt to wherever the Landie may take you or not).
  • Mental Skills (violence is wrong – even if your husband forgot the water or the tools – survival kit for overheating).
  • Spiritual Intelligence – understanding the purpose of slow (our defender is not fast).

I believe that the universe has conspired to teach me patience, acceptance, and humour by the Defender.

The journey is more important than the destination; reaching that is always uncertain.

May 2023 create many Zen-Land Rover moments and fond memories.