If you are a meditation guru, you know that the higher up you are, the easier it is to meditate. Meditation at a high altitude often gives better results than the same practice in the comfort of your own living room. Meditators often travel to the Himalayas to experience full relaxation and reap magnificent meditation benefits.
Even if you’ve never practiced meditation before, your next flight is the perfect opportunity to start. The higher up you get, the easier the process will be for you. Meanwhile, meditation in the air can make your flight more enjoyable while slowly erasing fears associated with airplane travel.
At first, the following meditation steps might seem silly, but you’ll soon start feeling the benefits, especially when it comes to living through the turbulence or go-around maneuvers.
1. Close your eyes and imagine that you are getting bigger and bigger; you are filling up all the free space in the airplane.
2. Go further to become bigger than the plane. The plane is now inside you.
3. Take another step and “become” even bigger. The clouds, the moon, the stars are all inside you. You are huge and boundless.
Here are just a few ways that meditation can make your flight enjoyable.
1. Peaceful Sleep
This is a trick available only to the beginners. Once people get better at meditation, they stop falling asleep during the process. If you are a meditation newbie and follow the meditation steps closely, you are bound to fall asleep after a while. What’s a better way to pass your flying time?
2. Reduced Anxiety
No matter how good you are at neutralizing your flight anxiety, sometimes it comes back to catch you at the most unexpected moments. Severe turbulence can scare the heck out of even the most steel-nerved passenger. When you practice meditation the plane, with all its problems, seems so small that the fear becomes insignificant.
3. Happy Seatmates
Ever had a terrible plane seatmate? A perfect flight can be ruined by a talkative, booze-gulping, smelly seatmate. By plugging headphones in your ears and starting to meditate, you won’t only be happily ignoring the seatmate, you’ll clearly yet politely demonstrate that you are not ready for a conversation.
4. Valuable Rest
Even if you are not afraid of flying, the process can be stressful. Hours at the airport, plane turbulence, waiting at baggage claim usually leave people exhausted, even if the flight is short. Meditation helps you get the most out of flying by getting valuable rest. When you master meditation techniques, you will always come emerge from the plane refreshed and ready to conquer the world.
5. Improved Health
Flying is not just stressful for our minds, our bodies suffer as well. Pressure changes during takeoff and landing often cause headaches and ear problems. Meditation can help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart rate.