Although we may want to plan every detail, life is not always in our control. We have to learn to let go – just breath, just trust, & just live.Mantra: "Let Go"
With a six-hour flight between you and your destination, you board the plane, get cozy in your seat and then hear the announcement… the WiFi isn’t working.
What about all those critical emails that must go out? You feel the panic setting in. Your heart beats faster as you hold your breath desperately trying to figure out options. Then you realize, there are no options. You’re going to sit here, for six hours, without connectivity.
Travel means giving up control. That can be exhilarating and refreshing, but it’s also terrifying. No matter your mode of transport, you will always be at the mercy of outside factors like weather, technology and other humans.
The reality is, we surrender into whatever the travel experience has to offer, we just may not realize it. We can pay to get from point A to point B, but how we get there and when we get there, well, that’s really TBD by those outside factors.
Maybe loss of connectivity isn’t your biggest travel fear; maybe it’s actually getting lost, being in an enclosed space or even crashing. Yikes! Each of these fears come from the same source: losing control.
My favorite tip for nervous travelers (and I’m one of them) is the “Let Go” meditation that I learned from my teacher, Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga School.
As you inhale, you silently say to yourself “Let”, and as you exhale, you silently say to yourself “Go”. Inhale “Let” and exhale “Go”. Repeat for as long as you can.
A few rounds of this and you start to remember that you’re not in control of the ride. You start to focus more on your response to the ride. The response is what’s in your control.
I use the “Let Go” meditation often, but I use it non-stop during travels. Turbulence? Let Go. Re-routed because of a blizzard? Let Go. Missing a meeting because my Uber is stuck in traffic? Let Go.
The faster we release trying to control what’s out of our control, the more relaxed we feel. Letting go takes practice – it’s actually a lifelong practice. Just setting your expectations!
I’m still a nervous traveler, but this meditation has helped me and so many others ease into the experience a little more. I hope it helps you, too.