Flying can be a real source of anxiety for lots of people. We recently flew to Vietnam and the total flight time was 17 hours. You might think that would be a nightmare with a 3 year old but in actual fact I loved it!
Noah, our 3 year old, was amazing. He watched Frozen on the TV a couple of times and then went to sleep leaving me free to do as I chose. I really wanted to get some sleep too because I only had a day on our return to get myself ready for work again. So to quieten my mind ready for some sleep I knew that meditation would be just what I needed.
Meditation is perfect on a flight. Firstly you are provided with a blanket and you have a supportive upright chair. Secondly there is absolutely no where else to go and no other jobs to do. If you can resist the in flight entertainment then the circumstances are ideal. If you are a nervous flyer then it has the added benefit that it calms you down so that you can cope with the whole experience much more easily.
When we were on our flight home we were all strapped in a ready to go when the pilot announced that we had an hours delay. Most people were moaning but I simply settled down to meditate, this avoided a lot of stress and upset! Before I knew it I was deep into my meditation and then by the time we took off I realised I was asleep! Perfect. I carried on like this all the way home.
Martyn, my husband, just can not sleep on the plane. His mind is too active and he choses to watch films instead. He always says he is envious of the way I can just drift off. I always explain that it is not just luck, it is brain training. Because I meditate regularly my mind is ready to listen when I do an exercise to quieten it down. Doing the right sort of exercise can get us into the right state for sleep to happen.
Meditating daily may at first seem like a big commitment but if you can give up just 10 minutes a day you too will be able to train your mind to switch off. Try this exercise to get you started…
1) Sit up with you back straight, your hands on your lap and your feet flat on the floor.
2) Close your eyes.
3) Listen to your breath.
4) Become aware of the movement of your breath as it enters and leaves your body, where do you feel the rise and fall?
5) As you pay attention to your breath begin to count it. One for an in breath, two for the out and so on until you get to ten.
6) Each time your mind wanders simply bring your attention back to counting your breath.
If you do this exercise every day for just 10 minutes you will soon see the difference. When you want to calm your mind down before sleep it will happen much more easily. It really is the perfect preparation for some quality rest. Come on a Revitalise Day to lean other great meditations that will help you in all sorts of areas of your life.