How I handled turbulent weather in the plane!

Chicago skyline from the plane, image©gunjanvirk

Chicago skyline from the plane, image©gunjanvirk

I was on a 45 minute flight on a small plane that didn't take off for an hour due to a technical snag. The passengers were already sitting in the plane when the pilot announced the delay. I just sat there wishing I was home while the lady sitting next to me chatted about the wonderful visit she had had with her daughter. The crew started serving snacks and water while the passengers busied themselves with iPhones, Lumosity and Instagram. Then the engines started and everybody heaved a sigh of relief that the plane was finally taking off. Just as the plane was in the air, the flight started getting more and more bumpy enough to freak out all the passengers on-board! Suddenly there was a deep silence and a tangible vibration of fear electrocuted the whole plane–the passengers didn't know if they would make it. It is amazing how in these instants one is able to step out of oneself and feel a love for everybody that one would feel for one's own family. I shut my eyes and suddenly these words of a great Master came to me, "Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you." The effect was instant–I felt uplifted and strong and could reach out with a smile to my fellow passengers. :) 

Clouds from the plane. Image©gunjanvirk

Clouds from the plane. Image©gunjanvirk