I’m on a plane right now and it’s just taking off.
I’m going to the Netherlands again (my favorite country), to see friends, check out a few more cities I haven’t visited yet and have a taste of the culture again.
I started writing this post the moment the plane took off.
I guess that’s just another side effect of being a writer – I’m still mindful and being present, but I experience this moment on an even deeper level through my written words.
Plus, it’s always a good time for another blog post.
So here are some thoughts and conclusions I came up with while in the sky:
Seeing The Big Picture and Filling Yourself with Contentment
I’ve got this thing I do every now and then that has a positive effect on me (even if the situation is bad).
I like seeing the bigger picture of what’s going on in a certain moment and summarize things. And it either helps me let go of small worries and unnecessary fears and doubts, or is a good reality check and brings me down to earth if I’ve started playing different scenarios in my head.
So here’s what this big picture looks like right now:
I look out the window next to me and see the sky. I’m surrounded by beautiful puffy clouds and realize that we can all reach for the sky, literally.
Can’t help but admire how far people have come with technology. So many things are possible these days.
Distance hasn’t been an issue for quite a long time now.
Then I start feeling thankful.
I’m going to a place I love, it’s going to be an eventful week. I have the time to do it, can afford it and am physically able to get there. What more could I ask for at that exact moment?!
I appreciate it, with all the tiny problems that come up throughout every journey (like uncomfortable traveling hours, delays, having to wait for trains and buses, getting confused with maps and having to ask for directions, missing the comfort of home, etc.)
Many people choose to focus on these, and – sadly – it eventually becomes their attitude towards life.
But it’s important to remember that it’s a choice.
So I choose to experience every minute, to be deeply grateful and full of appreciation no matter what happens that doesn’t go according to the plan.
Traveling: A Good Chance to Practice Mindfulness
I often write about ways of letting go of the past and not worrying about what might happen tomorrow. But now is a perfect time to see that for myself.
I’m up in the air, and compared to the endless sky, all the little things that sometimes get me depressed and upset mean absolutely nothing.
I’ll try to keep that in mind and turn it into a quick therapeutic meditation session, actually.
The next time I start overthinking, judging, having regrets, or else, I’ll imagine being here again – flying on a plane – and will empty my mind until it becomes like the clouds around me.
Then, I’ll breathe deeply and will fill it with peace, joy and gratitude.
Also, in that very moment the future is of little importance. It’s uncertain, but that doesn’t need to bother us. We need to keep flying.
Why Life is Like a Flight
We prepare our luggage and stuff and take our seat in the plane.
Mixed emotions fill us up when it takes off. It’s our first step, we take a leap to reach the sky again.
It takes a little time until we are at the right altitude. Once we reach it, though, we can do whatever we want.
We receive instructions, but don’t always execute them. We don’t really like being told what to do.
While in the sky, when the weather’s good and the plane is flying flawlessly, we’re at ease.
We don’t look outside the window to see the sun and smile back to it. Maybe a few will do it but it won’t last long.
That’s because we’re used to taking stuff for granted when things are good.
If the weather is bad, however, and there’s turbulence, we would take the time to look around, see the clouds with a worried expression.
It’s possible for the plane to crash. Yes. And you take that risk when you buy a ticket. That fear is always somewhere in the back of our mind, not letting us be in peace.
And that’s part of life too.
We know the destination, but it’s not 100% sure that we’ll get there. But that’s not a bad thing. It actually makes the journey more valuable. We should be happy when we land.
It’s like that in life too.
Every flight is a little version of a person’s individual journey.
And if we learn to enjoy the ride, we can make life easier.
The Sky is Always Clear Somewhere
From the ground we see clouds. They’re a symbol of the divine presence, the element of air that’s associated with higher thought. They relate to freedom, going with the flow, dreams and peace. But also to uncertainty and doubts as they never stay at one place. And we don’t always like seeing them because of that.
But when on a plane and the weather is good, we see there’s much more beyond the clouds visible from earth. The sky doesn’t end there. Just the contrary. It even begins above them.
And guess what?! It’s crystal clear.
That’s just another proof that everything in life has two sides. And what we see is not all there is.
Right now me and the people on the ground below may be looking in one direction. But I see the blue horizon, while they see a cloudy sky.
Keep that in mind the next time you lose hope: The sky is always clear somewhere.
So what do you think about that? What are your thoughts on flights, the sky, letting go and life?
Image by Matt Biddulph