ravelling provides us many instances to practice mindfulness – specially a skill such as mindfulness in breath. When we use public transport or when we are driven by someone else we can use such times to practice. During long waits at airport lounges and hours we get to sit inside an airplane, when commuting in public transport such as train or bus we can use that time to close our eyes, turn our attention inwards and begin to observe our breath. In addition to improving mindfulness this method is a very good antidote for the anxiety and restlessness that is related with travel.

When planes get delayed, if you cannot make alternative arrangements there is no point getting agitated. What are the practical steps that can be taken? Changing travel plans, informing the other end about the delay and make alternative arrangements. Do some work in the meantime. If any of these are not possible, thank the airline for giving you a moment to observe your breath! Learning to accept such situations in itself is a skill. Mindfulness help us accept the reality of a situation and do things that are practically possible, without wasting so much mental energy.

Travel also gives us an opportunity to be alone in solitude while being amidst a large crowd. Use that space to observe thoughts that come to your mind. Keep observing your own mind very attentively to see what thoughts do pop up.

Unless they are practically relevant at that moment learn to let go. Through these observations you will begin to notice your own intentions, the true intentions.