Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Turbulence

Some of us have just come back from a flight to LA to help a nervous person.   Just an observation, we probably had bumpiness for approximately 30% of the flight home.  As we were experiencing mild turbulence, sometimes we had the seat belts on and sometimes not.  We did a quick survey around the cabin we were sat in and found that some people looked worried whilst others didn't (or didn't appear to anyway)

I did a quick check of my own anxiety levels and realised that it was zero.  It just felt like being on a fast train and the bumping that goes with that.  The turbulence was annoying that's all.

How do you get to the place of zero anxiety?

People on our courses say, 'I know it is safe but I am still scared.'

This is in fact slightly misleading.  'Knowing' is on many levels.  For those still nervous, it can be purely at an intellectual level.  'I know it is safe' has also got to be a body thing too.  Feeling it is safe.  You don't ever have to like turbulence but at some point, there is freedom from being scared of it once you REALLY know that you are safe.


Take care

Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear

1 comment:

  1. And it's interesting to note that the people who fly the most are the least troubled by turbulence. They've come to realise, through constant exposure, that turbulence is nothing more than an inconvenience; they know in their bones that everything will be okay, that the machine is built for it, that the air --- just like a road, and life ---- occasionally has a few bumps. Intellectual knowledge is an excellent starting point, but feeling is believing! Every step you take, every flight you make, adds a little to this belief and pushes back your boundaries of fear. Push those boundaries back far enough and you, too, will be relaxed through the bumps of life.

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