This week my sister, Hannah, who lives in Australia has been keeping us up to date with her visit to Japan. She has been posting photos on a shared photo album so that we can all see what she is up to. It is a really lovely way to stay in touch and to get a taste of what she is experiencing.
A couple of days ago she posted this amazing picture of the view from her seat on the airplane. It got me thinking about how our perspective can help to reduce anxiety.
Flying causes lots of people anxiety. They worry about the dangers, they worry about the people next to them, they worry about everything that could go wrong. They even worry about worrying!
I have a different perspective. When I get on a flight I see it as an opportunity to meditate and relax. There is no where to go, nothing to do, nothing to achieve. The best achievement is to leave the plane feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Next time you get on a flight try this meditation…
Sit up straight in your seat making sure your head is an extension of your spine – nice and tall. Keeping your posture good on a flight helps so much with comfort and it will help with allowing you to focus fully on your meditation too
Take a few deep breaths, getting plenty of oxygen in is a great way to keep your mind and body connected and on track to feel good.
Then let your attention rest on your breathing. Feel the rising and falling sensation in your body.
Each time an anxious thought pops into your mind label it with a single word ‘Anxiety’ or ‘Worry’.
Be alert to all thoughts poping in to your mind and label them each time they do, then move on to look for the next.
Amazingly as you look for thoughts you may not see what you expect. As you seek out thoughts your mind is likely to become really clear, as clear as the lovely blue sky outside the airplane window! Amazing and really quite liberating.
If you are planning a holiday but feel that the flight is a real challenge book yourself onto a Revitalise Session where you can resolve your anxieties. This way when you take off you can make the most of the experience.