Turbulence

 

By Nayaswami Dharmadevi
December 4, 2018

It’s always a little unsettling when you’re flying through the air at 30,000 feet and hear the announcement “Is there a doctor on the plane?”

Our flight back from visiting family on the east coast was not a smooth one. First, we were diverted because one of the flight attendants got sick and the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Dallas.

When we got back in the air, to save time, he chose a route that brought us through a thick patch of turbulence. For a solid 20 minutes it felt like we might go down.

Turbulence has a way of making you review your life, your desires, and attachments. I took the opportunity to close my eyes, let go and accept that any moment might be my last.

I was amazed that I didn’t experience any motion sickness, which usually starts to bother me even during a normal landing. I was so struck that, afterwards, I decided to research what causes motion sickness.

Apparently, it occurs when there’s a conflict between our senses. Our inner ear senses the movement and our eyes see our surroundings as static.

We all experience turbulence in our daily lives. It is inescapable. But, as Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Circumstances are neutral, it is our reaction to them that makes them either good or bad.”

We experience “motion sickness” in our lives when we don’t accept things as they are. Swami Kriyanada said that all suffering comes from not accepting life as it is. In other words, there is conflict between the way things are and how we think they should be.

While researching motion sickness, I discovered one of the remedies for motion sickness is to look at the horizon. Similarly, Yoganandaji suggested meditating on the horizon line to enter into superconsciousness. Meditation really is the only way to overcome the motion sickness of life. Or as he said, “to stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.”

 

Comments 7

  1. Really meaningful analogy. I sometimes think that true Justice lies in abiding by the Laws of Life. It is the Illusion of Control that creates conflict and, as you say, a lot of “Letting Go” is needed to overcome the denial of what is lawful. Here’s to the struggle that inheres in Aspiring to Acceptance; here’s to Praising One’s Life, unfolding Sacred Moment by Moment amidst the turbulence.

    Thanks, Dharmadevi, for all you do.

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