How to Be Mindful on an Airplane

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Meditation for Real Life

“Flying can often generate feelings of anxiety. Meditation brings your mind to a quieter, calmer state.” — Melissa Eisler, a meditation teacher in San Diego and author of

Sit up straight in your airline seat, your posture erect, feet planted on the floor.

Place your hands on your lap, on the armrest or palms-down on the tray table.

Close your eyes.

Take 10 slow, deep breaths through your nose.

Listen to the white noise of the engine.

Notice the sensation of your body moving through space.

If you experience anxiety, try silently repeating phrases such as: “May we all be happy. May we all feel safe. May we all feel at ease.”