Have you ever experienced anxiety while flying? The turbulence is so bad that you hear, “flight attendants take your seats”. Next thing you know the turbulence you feel is not just the plane rocking, but your stomach doing flips. Don’t get me wrong I love traveling, but there is something about flying that can rile up a bit of anxiety in us control-freaks. Flying is the ultimate opportunity for surrender- you kinda have no choice unless you know how to take over and fly the plane.
Every time I am soaring above the clouds I am reminded of the beauty (window seat girl here!) and fragility of life. Why do we grip so tightly to that which we cannot control? Wouldn’t it be easier to surrender and let go? Easier maybe, but also arguably scarier. It’s scary to come to the realization that we are not in control of every aspect of our lives. As contrary as it may seem, it is in the surrender that we can find our true power. When we release the grip of the old narratives we play over and over in our heads, we make room for the new narratives that support the best version of ourselves.
Tighten every inch of your body on an inhale breath. Hold for 5 seconds. Exhale and release slowly for 5 seconds. See? Letting go and releasing feels good- physically and mentally. Now ask yourself, where can I let go, sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.
I generally don't like flying on planes because of the rather frequent news about crashes. When you fly in an airplane, you do not own your life, it really is. It all depends on the weather conditions, on the pilots, but pilots are the same people, they have the same life as ours, and at any moment something can happen that will knock them out of rhythm.