After an amazing 3 weeks in Vietnam the journey home was a long one. An internal flight, 2 x 7 hour international flights and a 2 hour delay half way, got us as far as Manchester and then we had to get home.
But despite the length of the journey and all of the various challenges we got through the experience on good form.
The key to avoid getting stressed out with the experience was Mindfulness.
When we practise mindfulness our patience grows. This is because through learning to observe our thoughts and direct the focus of our attention we can work with our mind rather than fighting against it.
Sitting at the boarding gate watching the announcements of delay was perhaps the most challenging part of the experience. We knew we had another connecting flight and we feared that we could miss it because of the delay.
However, the ability to notice my thoughts and then allow them to move on was so valuable. I noticed the thought pop into my head predicting disaster. Because I noticed the thought I watched it and I didn’t get caught up in it. I sat back and let it pass. I balanced the thought by reasoning that there was nothing we could do and that it would all work out…
And it did. We made the next flight with a minute or two to spare! It all worked out fine.
Usually in life things work out. Slipping into predicting disaster is easy to do but there is no point to it. If you would like to learn to work with your thoughts then think about booking onto a mindfulness session, you could get started straight away!