Meditating on a flight

Here’s a passage that recently came to mind as I embark on travel, from 50 Cent’s Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter:

Whenever I’m feeling a little stressed, I’ll sit in that room and say my mantra for ten or fifteen minutes. It’s a very easy way to regain control of my mind.

Having that room is great, but I find that I do my best meditating on airplanes. Knowing that I’m going to be stuck in the same seat for several hours, I always try to spend some of the flight meditating. It’s tempting to open up my laptop and watch a movie or TV show, but that’s not really doing anything beneficial for me. Instead, I’ll commit to saying my mantra for at least a half hour. For the first ten minutes or so, I’ll keep losing track of my mantra and drifting back to whatever thoughts were at the top of my mind. But if I stick with it, after a while I get into a groove. I might not totally let go of my thoughts, but I definitely get in a much more peaceful mind frame. When I’m done meditating, I feel much more clear in my thoughts and my decision-making process. It’s a great way to turn a flight into something constructive.

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