Flying Without The Jetlag

Recently I completed my first long haul journey from Auckland, NZ to Heathrow, London, all of which was over 24 hours of travelling without any stopovers. Everyone I talked with about my journey always related it back to this idea of ‘jetlag’ – a sort of exhausted, depleted and very strained state that we supposedly feel because of a mixture of the timezone changes and the huge trip. So as you can imagine, I was curious as to how I would handle this sort of experience.

Feeling exhausted after such a journey is understandable, considering how long I would have to stay in the confined space of a plane or in the busy-ness and rush of the airport. However, to my surprise, my body naturally adjusted well to it and the next day, after my arrival in London, I awoke as I would have normally, without any ‘jet lag’ or exhaustion from the previous day’s events.

How was this possible?

Firstly, I was inspired by my friend who mentioned that the body naturally adjusts to the time changes better if we live to the time in the timezone that I was currently in.

I had previously thought that perhaps the body would not adjust very well to these time changes, as travel like this is not something we tend to do. I thought I would have to ‘prepare’ my body for each timezone change and live in the rhythm of the timezone I was flying from (Auckland, NZ).

However I could soon feel how exhausting it was to view the journey and timezone changes in this way and how I was already setting myself up to feel exhausted by the end of the journey by not honouring what my body was naturally telling me.

Secondly, I ate foods that honoured my body and naturally listened to what my body was saying. If I felt I needed a walk around the plane I would honour this; generally this was very frequent – usually once every 1 or 2 hours.

I noticed on the plane how most people ate a lot of stimulating foods loaded with sugar or drank alcohol and I wondered whether this form of stimulation was truly supportive for such a trip, as it takes us away from listening to our bodies’ natural communication with us. This could be through feeling like stretching our legs or what foods the body is truly asking for to support it.

I realised from the flight just how important honouring the rhythms of our body truly is, particularly on a journey like this.

Thirdly, I gently took the approach of viewing the space on the flights as a loving time to enjoy being with me and my body: to observe life on a deeper level and appreciate how much had unfolded to support me to arrive at the moment that was before me.

I chose not to go into thinking about how I was going to fill up the time with things to do or how I was going to face the boredom of doing very little. Even my laptop’s battery could not last the whole journey and I felt this was lovely, as it offered the space to let go and just be.

It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence. This experience confirmed to me just how the body is always there, to support and assist us, with anything that life presents and all we have to do is to simply honour what it is telling us.

With inspiration from the living ways of fellow students of Universal Medicine.

By Joshua Campbell, 23, IT Consultant, Tauranga NZ

Further Reading:
What’s All The Fuss About Self-Care?
I’ve Found that Observing My Body Is A Great Support

699 thoughts on “Flying Without The Jetlag

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog Joshua, especially what you shared about letting go of trying to think about what to do to fill up time and allow yourself to enjoy the space of being with yourself. Honouring how our body is feeling supports our connection and awareness to our body’s natural rhythm allowing us to naturally adapt to time zones when travelling.

  2. The body follows our mind or… the mind follows our body? In the first case we have lots of ideas about how things are and how the body will respond in each situation. Of course, we end feeling all what we assumed was going to happen. In most of the cases we program ourselves to live the exhaustion, the anxiousness, the evasion,.. whatever we think is going to happen. BUT if we change the order in which we detect what we feel, starting from our bodies first, there aren’t preconceived ways. Our body speaks clearly if we listen to it. Our mind then, becomes a witness of how we live and may also become a great support to follow our body’s impulses.

  3. This is such an instructive and informative blog, made all the more powerful as it is given from your lived experience. It makes absolute sense to let the body guide you through such an abnormal situation – sitting in a confined space in a pressurised container for hours on end, taunted by stimulants in the form of food, beverages and devices. Our body is our natural guide in all things. This is certainly one of those times to let our minds be well and truly in the passenger seat.

  4. Thank You Joshua. Great advice, yes I too have noticed how little people rehydrate themselves while flying long distance or for that matter how little they even exercise their bodies, great sharing.

  5. Lovely to read Joshua, how you really took good care of yourself during your long trip around the world. It is so important to listen to our body all the time – no matter what we are doing or where we are. In the past I fall into this trap, that I thought when I’m on holiday, I can do whatever I want and I forgot about my daily rhythm. Very soon my body was very exhausted. Today I know, even if I would go on a holiday, I would keep my daily rhythm like at home. Why should I change anything during the day. My body is the same like at home.

  6. I have experienced too that when I am with my body all throughout my lang haul flights, there is no real jetlag. I just have finished a 29 hour trip which included two 10,5 hour flights and a transit of 7 hours in a busy airport. The wisdom your friend shared with you to live in the time zone you are in, is absolutely something that supported me. I could actually feel that the idea that I ‘should have’ a jetlag could have had a huge impact on me, yet when I simply felt my body I felt vital and joyful and was actually deeply enjoying this trip with me. This showed me that our thoughts of how things should be have a huge impact on what our lived reality is. The only way to not be fooled by ideals and beliefs is to live moment by moment with our bodies and honouring them in full.

  7. I write this as I sit in the transit hotel half way on a trip from Australia and Vietnam. I totally agree with the exhaustion being about how we are with ourselves on the journey and whether we are truly supporting our body in the correct time zone. I was amazed that on an 8 hour flight that was from 7pm to midnight (change in time zone of three hours) that during this flight there were two meals offered. With rice, bread and salty or sugary sauces over heavy meat. Finished with cake, ice-cream, fruit or ice-cream. This was served 2 hours into the flight and 2 hours from the end of the flight, so with all of the flurry around meal delivery, eating and getting your plates cleaned up there was really only at the most 3-4 hours of time where we would be undisturbed to sleep. Instead of engaging in this I told the flight attendants I did not want any food, I ate before I got on the plane and I chose to put on my track suite, snuggle in a blanket and sleep as much as I could, with one toilet break in the middle of the night and stretch of my legs. I also organized a transit hotel room for 6 hours when I arrived at my first location, to continue to sleep if I needed it, because even though I had already slept 7 hours, it was still only midnight at my arrival destination, so I allowed myself to have another 4 hours sleep. Although I may have slept more than normal it was lovely to honour that it was night time and that my body wanted to rest deeply and prepare for more travel and a holiday at the end of the next flight. I now see how fortunate we are to have the awareness that we don’t have to do it the way the airlines do and instead we can find our own way.

  8. Joshua, thank you for sharing that there is a way we can truly support ourselves when we travel. By taking care of and listening to our body and making choices that honour our body’s rhythm and how we are feeling, allowing our body’s wisdom to guide us through our preparation for travel and our journey.

  9. I love the simplicity of the details of exposing the idea of jet lag and it is a choice rather than a blanket rule for all…so it seems it is not the jet ‘ride’ that actually gives the ‘jet lag’ affect but how we treat our bodies on the journey!

  10. I am actually waiting to get on a long flight right now and yesterday with packing found how I wanted to take so much with me to make sure I would be able to do everything I normally do. I became very anxious because of this, and I realised my body was actually more feeling like enjoying my travel and focussing on bringing things that support me with that. Like a warm sweater, some cream, nourishing light meals, fresh socks etc. Life has become so much about the doing that that even is continued when traveling. With your blog and my own body that knows very well what I need, I feel well prepared for my journey now.

  11. “I realised from the flight just how important honouring the rhythms of our body truly is, particularly on a journey like this.” I so agree Joshua. I fly over to the US once or twice a year to visit family. The more I connect to me and to my eventual time zone – and honour what my body needs throughout the flight – the jet lag is now non-existent. I would never have thought this possible six years ago.

    1. Yes Sue, I have also noticed a profound difference from the times I travelled on the plane; eating food without any thought or care, watching movies just to check out and forget I’m travelling, and just focused on how much time it is to get there. So I also was not in the moment, but out of the moment and I’m sure that contributes to confusing the body, who is abandoned.

  12. “This experience confirmed to me just how the body is always there, to support and assist us, with anything that life presents and all we have to do is to simply honour what it is telling us”. Yes it is this simple, yet most of us do not live in this way consistently, myself included where we do what needs to be done from a connection with our bodies first and foremost.

    1. I have come to realise since attending Universal Medicine presentations and workshops the beauty of connecting to my body. There are moments in my day where I give myself space to do this as this is setting a foundation for me to be with me and my body more consistently in my day. There are even moments where I simply adore my body, a far cry from how I have felt about my body in the past.

  13. The consciousness of expecting jet lag when we arrive at our destination is huge; it seems as though we see this as normal and don’t even question it. I have to admit I can still feel the pull into this ideal and brings up false beliefs around how much sleep we should have, even though these days my sleep is around 6 hours. What I am finding is, it’s incredible the ideals and beliefs we take on that are not true to us and Joshua’s blog is a great example of this, breaking the illusion that we have to experience jet lag after a long haul flight.

  14. I love the idea too of living in the time zone that you are in whilst traveling. Our body is a vehicle that just ‘is’ it does not make a big deal of what time zone it is in and I have a feeling it simple adjust to the constellation it is in regarding to the sun, moon and stars. Then in comes the mind with trying to stay in the time zone we normally live in with calculating and thinking I should sleep now or I should not sleep now. Instead of just feeling what the body needs at that moment, as you say: “the body is always there, to support and assist us, with anything that life presents and all we have to do is to simply honour what it is telling us.” Giving the body space to do its magic.

  15. ‘Jet Lag’ can come about from a variety of factors, and is a very individual experience based on each person’s body, their health and daily rhythm. Like so much in life though, we are not shown ways frequently that can truly support us through times such as this, where there is more physical demand on the body as it travels and moves through ‘ time zones’. I love what you share here Josh about the simple choices we can make that can really take care of ourselves when flying. If we carefully approach our food and drink, we can feel nourished as opposed to depleted or bloated at the end of the journey. Paying particular attention to how our body feels, and not letting the process of travel compromise it wherever we can is also key. Thank you Josh for showing another way this can be done, there is certainly more to share here to assist people to support themselves in this process.

  16. Joshua that was a great sharing about jet lag and traveling through timezones. Your advice: “It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence.” is wonderful so with my next travel through timezones I will remember to stay more in contact with my body and what it needs rather than to distract myself.

  17. One of the things that has held me back from travelling back to my country of birth, the UK, has been the flight. This recent trip has completely knocked away the fear and worry. Jet lag free and more with me across the world is the only way to travel.

  18. Thank you so much Joshua for sharing. To be honest I’m not looking forward to my next plane trip (and it’s not very far). After reading your blog I realise that my next trip will probably go quite smoothly because I will make choices to help support me. I do this on the ground, so why not in the air !

    1. Ha! Well said Jaderiver56 – ‘I do this on the ground, so why not in the air !’ Our support has no boundaries or limits and our body never stops communicating.

    1. This is true Rosemary. Considering and connecting with the body in itself, supports the body to live in a healthy and cared for way, which leads to vitality and a confidence to deal with what we are faced with on a daily basis, including a ‘ride’ on the plane.

  19. What you offer is so simple. “It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence.” I find the more I have a go at listening to my body and honouring the reflection it provides, the deeper my ability to connect to this natural intelligence becomes. And this supports me in life far more than all the complicated ideas and theories most of which clearly do not honour me and my wellbeing at this level.

    1. Feels like a beautifully solid foundation to take to anything in life Golnaz not just to flying. I am finding the same too and the natural intelligence of the body is just a simple wisdom that just makes sense, as opposed to theories and concepts in our minds which tend to be complex and heady

  20. Joshua, I concur completely on your take of how to best adapt to a new time zone and fly on an airplane in a way that supports you. I have done the same thing as far as merely ‘jumping in’ to the new time zone and it really works. It’s as if by committing fully to it, you’re telling your body, ok, this is how we are going to work here, and it says “alright, no problem, as long as you listen to me when I tell you what I need” (as far as food, sleep, etc.). The same goes for flying on the airplane, as I noticed I needed to take my own food and get up to stretch and walk on a regular basis when flying from the U.S. to the UK. Also, it always amazed me to also see how many people would stay up all night long watching movies when we flew overnight. It’s almost like people felt that if they were on vacation or not at home, they could allow themselves to not take care of their body and just have fun because they had an expectation about ‘indulging’ as if they deserved to do anything to enjoy themselves based on earning this through all their hard work. I know I have done this myself on vacations in the past, and many times I would go home much more exhausted and wiped out than when I left my job to go on vacation. I would argue that one can not truly be in joy during this type of trip if their body is suffering in any way.

    1. This is a great observation Michaelgoodhart36, the ‘holiday mode takes over and we think we can do whatever we like – not wanting to assess or feel what is happening to our bodies so we use more distraction.

    2. Yes michaelgoodhart36, most people see a holiday as a time to indulge, a great excuse to distract from feeling the body. I used to be like this too where I would see a holiday as an opportunity to spoil myself with food and gifts totally in ignorance of how my body was feeling. When I go away now I take my own food for travel and cook most of the food I eat while I’m away and also I do not give power away to shopping. I feel so much more energised all because I am now choosing to listen to my body.

  21. This is an inspiring read as most of us accept the idea that we will just have to have jet lag. I have experienced varying degrees of jet lag. I find it hard to sleep on planes, but as I have settled into just being with my body more, the worry of not being able to sleep has reduced. It seems like such a sensible idea to act appropriately for the time zone. If it’s 2am then TV and stimulating foods/drinks are out. The most important thing seems to be that we listen to our body.

    1. I too find it hard to sleep on planes, now I just enjoy the rest, my body loves it too, and I find I can doze on and off for quite long periods of time. I find eating very light, or nothing at times supports me, and avoiding any stimulation. It is really supportive to listen and honour our bodies at this time.

      1. “Listen to your body” is the message that should be headlined on all those safety videos and in flight mags.

  22. ‘Thirdly, I gently took the approach of viewing the space on the flights as a loving time to enjoy being with me…’ How often do we truly enjoy the space we have with ourselves and appreciate this. Is it not that we more often see these traveltimes as a waste of time? I love how you mention the word space Joshua, as in an airplane people feel often squeezed in. But to focuss on the space which is also there including the space of time brings a much more harmonious picture to it.

  23. Just this week I have travelled to the UK from Melbourne and was anxious about the trip because of what I had experienced in the past – exhaustion, unrest and over indulging to distract myself. I had a plan for this trip – to simply care for me every step of the way and fortunately this blog came out just before to give me some additional pointers. My journey was enjoyable, I planned when to rest and sleep and kept feeling what was needed for me. The longest leg of the flight from Singapore to London was exactly that a long rest.

    1. That is beautiful Lee. I can feel how the space that you made to take the flight in as a space to be with you supported you greatly

    2. Great Lee, how wonderful is it to arrive at your destination feeling rested and great, ready for the journey ahead….another factor i have found is also being present with the body during the plane trip and not focusing on time and when we will be at the destination…otherwise we actually abandon our body, busy in our heads and that can also add to feeling exhausted!

      1. This is the key Karoline, presence in all that we do – and we are not being present lovingly bringing ourselves back to this natural state of being.

  24. Jet lag can be used as a kind of hero status as if you have endured an enormous feat and only just survived. Really jet lag is just a hangover effect of our choices and how much we chose to ignore the body.

  25. Maybe there’s a travel hints blog you could post this on – endless possibilities for helping people stay connected with body and mind in the same place at the same time – no matter what the time zone!

  26. I love the idea of jet lag free flights Joshua! There is nothing worse than jet lag as it actually feels like you have left your self behind and the struggle is to be present where your body now finds itself relocated. So what you were saying Joshua about staying with your body and listening to what it needs makes so much sense in terms of avoiding jet lag.
    Great tip – should be printed on the travel brochures and websites!

    1. I agree Jeanette Gold, but perhaps long haul flight flyers could be printed on the back of the safety cards! Or a short video when they do the inflight safety presentation! Do you think there would be much uptake?

      1. Great idea Rachel. I think there would as everybody is a little bored on flights and something new could really ‘take off’ and ‘land’ well with passengers – pun intended.

      2. Hey Rachel imagine if the Gentle Breath Meditation was introduced on flights. It could be available as a stewardess led activity and also have it’s own audio channel for passengers o tune into. Now I love that idea!

  27. Thanks to the teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and my own choice to listen to my body I have developed very strong rhythms as to when I go to bed and get up and what I eat and drink and don’t eat and drink and many other aspects of life. At least once a year I do a return journey from Australia to the UK as well as other overseas visits and for many years I have not had even one moment of jet lag. Life is so much simpler, joyful and more harmonious than I ever imagined and all these things that we take for granted such as jet lag are completely unnecessary if you know how to live honouring your body and natural rhythms. To bust a few other myths I also find that I only need about 6 hours sleep and enjoy working 7 days a week!

    1. Inspiring Nicola and yes it is a very real way of living and simple…..because we can live in a way that is unsupportive to the body, we then have these ideas that it is a certain way, like ‘jet lag’…

  28. “a loving time to enjoy being with me and my body: to observe life on a deeper level and appreciate how much had unfolded to support me to arrive at the moment that was before me.” I love that bit, “to arrive at the moment that was before me.”, I realise how much more I could do that, on a day to day basis, simply appreciating on a deeper level everything that has unfolded in order for me to arrive.

  29. The students of Universal Medicine are great living testimonies of the truth of not needing to experience jet lag. Yesterday there were several people who had just arrived from Australia to attend presentations by Serge Benhayon and they just simply getting on with their day without ‘missing a beat’. The Way of The Livingness would make a wonderful scientific study of the truth of this way of living.

    1. Yes, I met a few people who had also just arrived in from Australia, Stephanie, and one who was working, no jet lag – looking and feeling amazing. Maybe The Way of The Livingness is the way of the future, it certainly seems to be a way of living that makes so much sense, and one that I actually enjoy living.

    2. Exactly Stephanie we are in charge of our bodies and how this then flows into our lives. If we are honouring every moment we constantly get the support to do what is needed regardless of time zone.

  30. Yes Joshua, I found it best to not get too bogged down in the timezone thing mathematically or precisely, but to be aware of the feel of it, “this is very early in the night/morning now so maybe I may feel sleepy?” kind of thing, or connecting with the feel my body knows well such as “this is the middle of the day now..what would I normally do now?”

  31. Thank you Joshua this is a delightful read. I too have experienced applying these principals long haul and feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed at the other end, thank you Serge benhayon for all your wise and practical inspiration.

  32. Joshua, your commitment to take care of yourself from the outset and follow through for the duration of the flight is remarkable. There are many great tips here about self care when flying but what stands out most is how present you stayed with your body as there can be a strong pull to zone out when flying, especially on long flights.

  33. Thank you Joshua. Yes, jet lag is now a thing of the past . Incredible really, as I look back and remember how it used to feel before. As well as eating for my body, choosing to stay present and committed in every moment to what I am doing in whatever time zone I am in was a great key for me. Thank you Serge Benhayon for your great wisdom.

    1. Agree. It’s a thing of the past. Amazing for me. Especially when, whenever I travel, I get met with so many questions and comments on how I must have awful jet lag, or be exhausted, or whatever….I genuinely hardly even think about it now….thank you to The Way of the Livingness for yet another massive benefit.

      1. I have had the same experience too Otto. Everyone expects you to be knacked after the trip which is true in a way because you are undertaking such a big trip but it does not have to mean you arrive absolutely exhausted!

    2. As I reflect on when my family and I went abroad this summer, going to bed and getting up the next day after the flight was no different to if I had been at home… it is indeed incredible as I look back to how uncommitted I was to myself and life at that time and how I would feel nauseous and exhausted after the flight. I absolutely agree Jenny, supporting my body too with food and drink, having a nap and staying present as much as possible is key.

  34. What a beautifully written article, on an amazing topic. Who would have thought that one does not have to suffer jetlag – game changer…and offering a new way of being altogether, ‘honour the body and its natural intelligence.’

    1. Yes who would have thought experiencing jet lag on long flights was avoidable. Joshua you are really offering a new way to be with travelling.

    2. Yes I like this part too “It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence. This experience confirmed to me just how the body is always there, to support and assist us, with anything that life presents and all we have to do is to simply honour what it is telling us.” This can be applied to so many situations. Thank you.

  35. Thanks Joshua for this sharing about jet lag. I have experienced many a travel between Australia and Europe with long haul flights and some being ridiculously long with extended waiting times at each airport in between. During most of these trips I have felt a degree of jet lag and tiredness which has taken me several days to get over. I also have experienced trips where the jet lag has not been so pronounced and has not affected me so much. What you have shared here with the things that supported you, makes sense to me – eating foods that support the body rather than foods that are loaded in refined carbs, alcohol and salt. And the thing that worked for me was ensuring I drank stacks of water to stay hydrated. I have still much to learn from such long travels and not getting too affected – but I am re-inspired now to give it another go, especially hearing how it is indeed possible to travel far and wide and not feel smashed by it!

    1. I find these trips to be very very long too and especially have found that the environment at the airports is often very stimulating and not supportive at all either. Many of them have mini malls inside them! Hence a very very loving and self honouring way of flying is called for

      1. Absolutely – it is like a bombardment of the senses and so easy to get swept up in it too! And so it is about keeping focused and not letting these things sway us and affect us in the way that they are targeted to do. Instead, tuning into what the body’s needs are, and fulfilling them to the best of our ability – this is the honouring that is needed. Thanks Joshua.

      2. Hear, hear Henrietta. It is very bombarding but it does not have to be something we give our power away to and even in that environment I am learning that there are still ways, evidently there, that can deeply honour and support the body to be in such an environment.

  36. That’s a great example of not living into what is the ‘ norm’ that most describe especially for long haul flights. Choosing in every moment to honour and listen to your body, that’s testament to our body knowing how to handle situations when we listen,honour and surrender.

    1. I fully agree Merrilee. And this does indeed not only apply to flights, but to everything that me meet in life. If we choose to let go of the concepts, let go of ideals and outcomes and instead just listen to what our body is telling us, we will be able to handle any situation.

  37. Pre Universal Medicine presentations with Serge Benhayon, I used to really struggle and ‘suffer’ with jet lag for days. The lesson presented was to prepare my body a few days before – good quality food and rest and then re-adjust my watch to local time at every airport I arrived in and amazingly my body just re-synced itself accordingly. How magical our bodies are with their true super intelligence when left to do what it naturally does best in its harmonious rhythm.

  38. Great Blog Joshua! What i have noticed is that flying time can be an excuse to check out and indulge … over eat, over consume more drink , (because it seems all free and on tap!) than we would normally do if we were in our usual day pattern, and then arrive at the destination exhausted bloated and feeling rather average, OR we have the choice to stay with what our body is calling for… walk around the plane, maintain hydration, do some work, take a sleep, and arrive less like we are lagging behind..

    1. That’s true, the experience of flying can be a chance to check out of our bodies and indulge – everything is there – from shopping, food and drinks to movies, music, magazines.

    2. So true Joanne, I find that there is a whole consciousness of indulgence in these situations, it feels like walking into a soup or cloak that wants me to join in with it. The more I see that and don’t buy into it as you say I can stay with my choices and how my body is feeling. Good to be aware though, its quite striking, like the shops around Christmas time as another example. I am quite happy to be a fish that swims the other way if it feels true for me to do so.

    3. True Johanne “We have the choice to stay with what our body is calling for” or we can go totally against that which we know from experience throughout life makes us feel not so good. It is so very simple and we seem to either complicate it, or completely ignore our needs and then blame the circumstances for the impact of our choices.

    4. hear hear Johanne, there is also a consciousness that since you paid such a lot of money for the big haul flights that you want to get your money’s worth so every opportunity this is presented you just go for it. I certainly was like this in the past, but now realise that it does not need to be like this. I can eat what I feel to and I don’t have to watch loads of films to make the most of it. Drinking lots of water and going for a walk really does support you

    5. Great point Jo about people using plane trips as a time to indulge, as it’s all on tap. It is also a time when we are forced to be with ourselves – which many of us avoid! There are not our usual distractions or comforts, thus the need to use food, alcohol, movies etc to avoid feeling.

    6. That is a interesting observation johannebrown17 and I have to admit that I did this kind of checking out and this felt not very good at all. I was not aware that I could also be more loving with myself even on a overseas flight. Since I chose to do so I am less tired and the flight is not as much draining as I it was before.

  39. It’s a great opportunity to learn about ourselves while flying, but otherwise it can be viewed as a waste of time on a long journey of boredom and distraction. But using it to observe how easy it can still be to get distracted is a valuable lesson, or actually noticing how enjoyable it is to use the time for stillness and re-connection is very supportive to the body for when we arrive at the destination. The different feeling is very profound.

  40. Great article, on many levels – Thank you. What came to me through reading it was how attached we often are to ‘time’ and ‘location’ and what that means in society. For example you are on a plane, it is moving through space, you are still you regardless of where you are. So if we allow ourselves to surrender to how we feel, how it feels around us rather than hold on to what is familiar or what we have done in the past then we are able to respond to the present fully and so we will feel a natural flow not a resistance.

    1. I love what you have so simply shared Samantha. “you are on a plane, it is moving through space, you are still you regardless of where you are.” The simplicity of all of what Joshua has shared and you have highlighted here made me smile. All that is required is for us to pay attention to our body and deeply honour what we feel.

    2. Great comment davidsonSamantha, being with ourselves in the moment allows us to respond to our bodies needs and the situation regardless of circumstances, and as you say, we will then feel the flow and not resistance.

  41. I love how this blog is genuine proof that self care and attention to detail can change the outcome of a situation. It can be as simple as feeling what and when your body needs to eat, and taking your own food as airplane food is notoriously bad for you!

    1. With food on the plane there is a no win situation. Every time I tried different option-gluten free comes with dairy, dairy free comes with gluten, kosher sometimes ok ish but doesn’t taste or look good, vegetarian option often simply tasteless and not eatable.
      Agree with you, Meg, the best way have your own food which you know what is made of or not to eat at all.

      1. agreed, I recently did a long flight and baked my food to take with me the day before. I knew what I was eating and knew how my body would feel. I appreciated this when I got there and didnt have to take a day or so to get over the food.

      2. Yeah – plane food is so grim! And often you have no idea what you are eating. It’s great to be prepared and take something you know will truly support and nourish your body.

  42. I was talking with a friend yesterday about the time on a plane and often I see it as a gap in time. You are somewhat removed from time for the period of the flight. With so much going on I often want to be gifted an extra 24 hours so that I can catch up on things. Recently when I flew I had that 24 hours. I mean, I couldn’t fold the laundry or clean the shower but I could take some time with me. I was able to use my computer and so I had prepared some work I could do and I wrote a few blogs and articles that had been brewing. I could have used that time to indulge in food, movies, silly tv shows and to check out. I did start checking out from my body and thankfully a loving friend gently pointed this out. So often long haul flights are dreaded but perhaps that is because of how we use them. I actually loved it and aside from the recirculated air, I’m quite looking forward to my flight home.

  43. Why is it that some flyers use this time to over indulge on food and alcohol and then spend the next day or more of their overseas holiday/trip recovering – crazy. This is a time we can give to ourself to really connect to the stillness within our bodies and as you say Joshua “observe life on a deeper level” a wonderful opportunity to just be.

    1. So true Deidre, many people check out and eat and drink loads when they are flying, so it’s no wonder they struggle afterwards with jet lag as they have not been honouring of their body in anyway.

  44. Brendan I so agree. I recently went on a short flight and realised how my unloving choices in my everyday living impact me when the environment is a little more challenging. After reading this blog, rather than just put down my sensitivity to motion as a fait accompli, I feel I can work on supporting my body way more than I do so that these environments are not so challenging.

  45. The way we fly is such a great indicator of how we are with our bodies.If we are in a strong rhythm of self care then this will be felt and if not the discomfort of being with ourselves on a long flight will be felt instead. It all comes back to choices.

  46. It’s lovely to feel the level of acceptance and surrender you dropped into Joshua – it’s only when we put up the resistance that things become uncomfortable. You’ve proven with this sharing of your experience how easeful long haul travel can be by just appreciating and enjoying you thus making the need for distraction redundant.

  47. Since reading this blog I feel like I want to get on a long flight and give it a try! A great observation and practice Joshua.

  48. flying is a completely different environment to normal – the air is drier, your movement is restricted – these things need to be considered, by drinking more water, taking little walks and making sure you’re comfortable.

  49. Once upon a time I used to check out completely on the plane doing the long haul over to Europe, watching movies, eating all the junk food, and even having a glass of wine with dinner. Now I find that even just watching the movies makes me feel strange, and kind of wiped out at the end of the trip. Instead when I stay a lot more present and focused, by body doesn’t get so affected – it’s like it doesn’t get sucked dry and I have heaps of energy at the end of the journey.

  50. I feel that the body is always in a state of self correction and looking to for harmony. It has an innate way of re-balancing itself and this is evident simply in the way it heals itself following an injury, cut or scratch. If I listen and feel, the next step, choice or way forward is revealed. It is when I override this that ‘issues’ develop that unbalances the natural harmony. So it’s great to hear what you say Joshua and that you have lived this in long haul flying, great confirmation.

  51. I love your comment on how you took your time to deepen your connection with yourself Joshua. Just imagine we take all those moments that we travel, have to wait in line or are simply distorted as moments to reconnect, appreciate, deepen our connection or simply just be with and feel ourselves. A lovely inspiration thank you.

  52. Joshua what you describe in your blog is how big a difference it makes when we learn to work with our body instead of against it. I used to drink and smoke on long flights and I would arrive on the other end feeling absolutely wrecked. These days I travel across the world and have no to very little jet leg. I too have found that eating light, drinking plenty of water, resting and doing little gentle exercises for a couple of minutes supports my body greatly.

  53. This is such a timely blog. I am very soon going on a very long flight actually to see this amazing man in NZ! I have been on a little less long flight before (12 hours) and found it quite intense and watched lots of movies to let the time go by. With your very simple tips I feel now much more prepared for this flight already. It is just about staying with myself and being aware of what is going on with everyone on the flight. Thank you for sharing Joshua.

    1. And such a timely comment! I am very much looking forward to having this amazing woman in NZ! With all that self love and care that you take to your trip Lieke, it will sure be a beautiful supportive space to enjoy being with you

  54. Thanks Joshua. Great tips for when I next fly overseas! This blog in the back pockets of each seat for everyone to read would be a great eye opener for most and offer an opportunity to be more aware of the impact of their choices to their bodies.

  55. Reading your blog has allowed me to appreciate just how much my approach to flying has changed. No more last minute packing and can’t find my passport moments rather a gentle, spacious few days or more preparing for the trip. It really supports my whole experience of being away.

    1. That’s great Jane, so many people start there journey exhausted as they rush around at the last minute, impacting on their health and well-being when they go on a long trip.

  56. Joshua I have often travelled for long distances and have felt the same. The support of great food that nourishes the body was great and taking the time to connect with other people on the flight sitting beside me or whilst stretching my legs along the isles. The time did literally fly past and the time zones don’t enter my mind.

  57. Josh, I love what you are sharing here; so many people travel these days, and for long distances, so I’m sure many can benefit from your experience. Walking and meeting people is fun to do in the plane. I love how you chose to listen to your body and just go with it, without worrying about all that you have heard.

  58. One of the myths that you expose on this Joshua is the need to eat and drink to give us energy to keep us going. I have in fact found the opposite as you would have done on your flight. I occasionally now work night duty and I use to have this belief, but have found the last few times I have worked nights the less I eat the easier it is to work the nights and the more stable my energy levels. If I struggle then I look at how I have lived that day. The times are more stressful on the body, as is flying, but all these times offer us is an opportunity to deepen our self-care rather then the excuse to eat and drink so much more caffeine and sugar as a ‘reward’.

  59. Another beautiful example of it’s not always what we do that exhausts us but how we are when we go about doing what we do. Thank you Joshua.

    1. Yes, succinctly put Jennifer. I know I can exhaust myself at the mere thought of something I believe will be taxing before I’ve even embarked on the matter at hand. This is something Joshua beautifully exposes: that if we listen to our bodies and come from that truth, then we cannot but respond to what our body requires.

      What is possible is in direct correlation to the body and because we listen and respond accordingly may differ greatly to what is possible when we respond to a mental belief that doesn’t heed what the body needs. I know when I used to do super long shifts, that when I stayed with my body and what was needed in the moment I was far less stressed and exhausted than when I always looked ahead to home time.

  60. Taking care of yourself and listening to your body on the plane was a huge part for me in having limited (or virtually no) jet lag. Previously I have stayed up watching movies and overeating. This time I did none of that. At one point I really wanted to stretch my legs but felt guilty as I had the window seat and it meant asking the two next to me to move again. But my body had to. Listening to the body was key for me and I was even sick with a cold which can be very challenging with recirculated air.

  61. It’s very timely I read this as I have just travelled from Australia to the UK. The time difference between the UK and Australia is 11 hours, yet on my first morning I woke at 4 am which is a usual time for me to wake up. The night before I went to bed at 6pm, I had arrived a few hours prior and my body could no longer stay awake. That day was just like any normal day for me and my energy levels were constant. The following day I woke again at 5am feeling refreshed. If I think about it, it seems not possible that I could change time zones with very little effect. Yet it’s true. And I agree with Joshua in that self care make this possible.

  62. So Simple Joshua, and for me it shows how much we can easily exhaust ourselves by avoiding taking time out and stopping and connecting. Sometimes we really struggle to just sit still and have no where to go, nothing to do, a moment to stop and just enjoy where we are and be with ourselves. We think, fidget, drink, eat, pace, get anxious, worry , talk too much, watch TV or a movie all too much to avoid just being still. Talk about exhausting!

  63. Our expectations around jet lag can really tied to create the picture we hold in my experience. Dropping these expectations and being with ourselves is very powerful. Thank you for this Joshua.

  64. This is brilliant. Trying to ‘work out’ how to manage travelling across the world, calculating time zones and talking about the time at the place we have come from when we have arrived at our destination, are all just mental musings and theories that bear no relationship with how our individual bodies respond. So we stay in our heads trying to theorise about how best to cope with the challenge of travel (or anything else for that matter), all the while interfering with our ability to listen to our bodies which have an innate and natural wisdom to guide us on how to move, eat, rest in the optimum way to avoid adverse consequences. What Joshua experienced is so simple and so inspiring. By putting aside the ‘rule book’ and listening to his body he showed that we can deal with ‘challenges’ and ‘adverse conditions’ without there being an adverse knock on effect. As I said…brilliant.

  65. It has always amazed me why more people do not get up and stretch their legs on long haul or even short haul flights. my mother always encouraged us to walk around the flight and stretch our legs whilst drinking plenty of water and it makes a huge difference to how you feel on arrival.

    1. I always use the area around the emergency exits for my exercise routine. The emergency hatch is the perfect height for calve stretches! If I stand parallel with the kitchen areas I can do full arm extension stretches. On the double decker jets, I walk up and down the stairs to get the heart going a wee bit. Walking up and down the aisles is great too – and actually the movement of the plane is an added bonus because it requires a little extra presence to ensure you don’t lean on anyone. As a friend once said – “for a workout all you need is a tiny bit of space and gravity”.

    2. This amazed me too fionacohran01. Although there is not a lot of leg room in the planes generally to move around much and I found it to be an experience of really connecting and being with others on the plane as we all had to cooperate to let each other move around. Not a lot of people connect on the plane especially when they are busy watching movies or playing games

  66. So inspirational Joshua.
    We are always ‘travelling’ in a vehicle and that vehicle is our body. If we take care of it with great care than it will get us where we need to go with joy and ease…. not matter how far the distance 🙂

  67. The body and its natural intelligence and loving support is always there for us, and the first abuse we allow to ourselves is to choose not to be in awareness of this wisdom.

    1. Exactly, Adele. Our body naturally knows what is needed for every situation we will meet. It is up to us to listen to this and not override it because of ideals or predefined rhythms.

  68. This blog has been very inspiring to read over my journey thus far. It has reminded of the need to come back to my body at various points, and that I have been able to deepen my connection with myself as a result. I am learning constantly on this journey, and appreciating also all that I have learned about connecting to my body, and not overriding its signals. This is a constant ‘fine-tuning’ process, and one I am enjoying learning from.

    1. Great to hear Amelia how you’re able to put into practice straight away what Josh has shared. Enjoy being with you on this long trip!

  69. Thank you so much Josh, this blog is perfectly timed, of course. I am currently flying from Brisbane to Singapore on my way to London and had been facing similar quandaries about how I was going to go with the ‘long haul’ journey. It has been 7 years since I have done a similar trip and remember feeling like the plane ride would never end! I did not want this feeling again and so have been somewhat apprehensive. I knew this apprehension was not needed, but your statements here have really solidified it. When we come back to our body, and the knowing our body has, we can then support it in every way. I look forward to re-imprinting this journey with all I have learned about my body, time, and allowing space for what needs to be to be.

  70. Hello Joshua Campbell and your blog has a super simple message. Stop, connect, listen to what is there and then do that next. Seems like a very simple plan and in that simplicity as you are saying it seems like everything else is taken care of. Not rocket science and not even difficult really. Thanks for the tips on flying and living Joshua, they will come in very handy.

    1. This article did feel like it was full of ‘top tips’ very simply and authoritatively (as in actually lived and experienced) shared; all so relatable to life not just flying around the world!

      1. Hello Matilda Bathurst and yes, “actually lived and experienced”. It makes a huge difference to read words or see things that come this way. You could say there is no other way as this is how we truly inspire others.

    2. It is indeed that simple. When we “stop, connect and listen to what is there and then do that next” miracle can indeed happen. Time zones become irrelevant.

      1. Hello nikkimckee and everything becomes ‘irrelevant’ with respect as everything equally becomes more relevant. When there is a dedication to feeling your way through life, moment by moment then practically what’s in front of you will change but how you are with ‘that’ will be the same. A deep connection to how you feel will hold you constantly and you won’t be a ‘victim’ of what’s going on in front of you. These simple steps have brought me steadily back into the world more and more. Thank you Nikki.

    3. An absolute joy to share Raymond Karam especially as you don’t often hear simple tips and facts like this anywhere these days.

      1. This is great Raymond, no one can deny from these photos alone the quality of lives the people are now living

      2. Totally agree Joshua, we are more likely to see things when they are presented like this rather then in word form. These pictures from people of all different walks of life with differing stories all with one thing in common, a deep connection to feeling the world from within and not chasing it outside, ‘The Way Of The Livingness’.http://www.unimedliving.com/voice/about-the-audio-presentations/the-way-of-the-livingness-presentation.html

  71. Rather than surrounding to the business of air travel and the consumption of stimulants you chose to remain with yourself and listen to your body during the long flight. With this honouring of yourself and your body Joshua, you disprove the popular assumption that jet lag is inevitable.

  72. That is so interesting Joshua, as I have flown by airplane to Australia before, I could feel how I did experience a jetlag, but I was not honoring myself at all, so that makes sense! It is inspirational to hear that it is possible to fly and not have any jetleg at all. This tells us how extremely important it is to stay connecting to your body all of the time and that by virtue of listening we are supporting ourselves to be with time.

  73. One of the things I do whilst travelling on a plane is to walk around the aircraft in an anticlockwise direction, primarily to imprint the walkways but also to stretch my legs. I try and cover the whole aircraft in a complete circle and on the way catching the eyes of other passengers, just a little bit of fun as we fly through the skies.

  74. Until recently, internet was not available on airplanes, but some are starting to offer it. I remember the days when flights were much simpler. There was one or two films that was shown on one screen at the front. No internet. No laptops or other mobile devices. Then again there was a smoking section which was horrible. Showing my age now.

    1. I remember travelling to Europe as a kid as an unaccompanied minor and there being a smoking section down the back and waiting for the movie to come on the big screen. I have recently flown from Australia to the UK and I really did appreciate being able to charge my laptop during flight. It meant I could still do what I needed to do. I worked as I felt to , rested as I felt to. I arrived in the UK still in rhythm, with no back log to catch up on and ready to continue with the next step.

    2. Yes, I remember when there was a small selection of films that showed at specific times. If I remember correctly I remember there being just one film showing and feeling a sense of community as the plane all watched it together, or not. There wasn’t the choice to watch different movies or even have internet (that’s so new to me).

      It seems giving people the choice to distract themselves with all that is available keeps people more enclosed in their world and more disconnected from their fellow passenger because there is less of a shared experience with which to start from.

      1. When I recently walked a plane for a long haul flight, the feeling of disconnection was massive. Everything was about you and your seat. You can sit down and that’s it – check out and see you at your destination. There was a feeling of connection when everyone had to watch the same movie and there seemed to be more of a community feeling on the plane.

    3. This took me by surprise too Jinya Mizuno. I had one flight where the internet was available and it felt rather surreal being in mid air above the Arctic/Russian region browsing the internet as if i was at home in NZ! I found this rather sad though in many ways as it shows just how much our society cannot even do with out the Internet or Technological stimulation even for a 12 hour flight.

      1. The internet is a necessity yet now even air travel has the availability. What I observed on a recent flight was that everyone instantly wanted to not feel what they were actually sitting with – so the movies food internet are mere distractions from truly feeling ourselves and not wanting to take responsibility. I feel that this is a massive insight into how we all live in society – and that is truly sad.

      2. You are right Lee, it is not the fact of the Internets availability that is the concern here but rather how we use it

      3. Agreed Joshua we are well versed in creating things that we can abuse – alcohol, drugs, music etc and now the internet allows us to bring this abuse to its source more widely. The image of all of us wielding seemingly innocuous force through the internet sounds ridiculous but isn’t this exactly what is occurring every single minute of every day. Swearing, bullying, abusing – we are so arrogant we think we are getting away with it – yet it feeds the energy we live in to keep on circling thus the abuser eventually becomes the abused – it cycles for ever.

      4. This cycle of abuse is just like a prison that we choose to be entrapped in by our own choices to remain ignorant to it. Its pretty huge when considered like this!

  75. I have found that lots of water, walking around, resting, eating only the food my body chooses and not watching computer games or stimulating movies all support the regular long haul flights I take. I do get tired from being squished up in an aeroplane seat but not jet lagged, usually.
    I have to say I wonder how tall people manage on those flights if they are in economy – the limited leg room would actually be illegal for an animal ( Fact – I have flown dogs before and know the RSPCA requirements) – but not so for a human being! User friendly seating design and space on aircraft would definitely be supportive and caring of people.

    1. Good point Coleen, I normally choose the aisle seats, so I have a bit more room for my legs, and it’s easier to get up and walk around. As I don’t go to the movies much, I have been known to get sucked in to watching a bit too much movies or TV shows – but I also enjoyed the space to do some writing, after my attempt to log in to the advertised internet (and paying $15 American for the pleasure) lasted just long enough to log in…… It’s special to enjoy the time without the internet for this limited time.

      1. Yes – sleep was not a priority when those seats were designed. I actually wonder what WAS the priority in the design process?

  76. I agree, Joshua, the body’s unfailing messages always offer the deepest level of support if we choose to listen to them. It can be truly beautiful, the human body.

    1. Absolutely coleen24 – we can often deem the body as a nuisance or pain when it doesn’t comply with what we think we need to do. It is truly wonderful to learn to honour and listen to what the body is so clearly showing us instead of treating it like the enemy for being mortal!

  77. For many of us having time offered to us with nothing to do is a challenging and daunting prospect. We are so used to filling our time with doing things that when opportunities like this arise in which we can simply enjoy being with ourselves, we want to run a mile! I love that you show there is a way for us all to simply enjoy being with ourselves. ‘It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence.’

  78. Beautiful Josh and very inspiring as you completely surrendered to just being with yourself during this 24 hour flight. Many people cannot sit still for minutes let alone hours and hence why I imagine so many people resort to stimulating foods and whatever entertainment they can view while confined to a plane. I haven’t got any long flights planned for the future but your tips and living example will be with me when I do.

  79. “I ate foods that honoured my body and naturally listened to what my body was saying. If I felt I needed a walk around the plane I would honour this; generally this was very frequent – usually once every 1 or 2 hours.” Listening to our bodies – be it on a long-haul flight or every day in one time zone – is the way to go.

  80. I have found that preparing well and supporting my body on a long journey really helps me to not get jet lagged. I never eat the plane food, and always walk around a lot. If I feel tired and can’t sleep, I make sure I just rest my eyes and body, and don’t try to do anything distracting or stimulating like reading or watching a movie, as this seems to make me feel worse. I actually now enjoy journeys like this and see them as an opportunity to focus on supporting myself.

    1. Hi Laura Hoy, I concur with your experiences too on the plane especially related to not doing anything stimulating. It is rather indicative of how much we seek stimulation when there is so many screens, iPads, computers and every other device imaginable under the sun on the plane these days.

  81. Awesome Joshua, your blog is pure Gold and should be in all inflight magazines for us all to read whilst onboard of the plane. What you say about food used for stimulation is so true and only makes the after effects of the whole journey a whole lot worse.

      1. Exactly I loved this wisdom and simplicity 🙂 it is so easy to grasp and totally should be a worldwide read in every Magazine!

    1. Love this. Imagine reading an article like this in your Inflight Magazine. It would be a total show stopper as people were invited to consider their perceptions and approach to flying and their bodies.

      1. Love what you said in your earlier comment ottobathurst, about purpose.”If I am committed to the purpose, then I am committed to supporting that purpose.” I totally agree with purpose self- care just naturally follows.

      2. This is crucial to me. Without an intention, without playing the bigger picture, I find that self-care can just be a to-do thing on my daily list – which then can easily fall off that list! By playing much bigger, then it becomes an essential.

  82. Having just returned recently from overseas with a one 14 hr block in the plane- 21 hrs total, I found that following the current time zone helped, eating light and what my body felt, getting up regularly to stretch my legs, wearing the eye pillow when trying to sleep or rest, wearing comfy clothes and warm socks, keeping warm, using a neck pillow in a seated position, and we purchased noise reducing headphones which when working reduced the engine noise. Most of all I was constantly checking in with my body, firstly making sure I was in my body- in the past I would zone out literally, and suffered bad air sickness. This is the first long overseas trip where I didn’t get air sickness, felt tired from the long length of travel but was great the next day, instead of 3 days.

  83. Your story of the absence of jet lag was very confirming for what’s possible for the body when we listen to it and honour it with the choices we make.

    1. I agree it’s a great story to avoid jet lag and I am sure most of us will try it out for ourself. As no one likes to suffer the bad jet lag that happens with long flights.

  84. Good one Joshua, I am sure there would be many people who would appreciate a few tips on how to come out of an arduous journey unscathed.

    1. Hello Bernard Cincotta and I agree. These aren’t hard or difficult tips either, almost commonsensical really. Apply them to flying or to life, either way they support. We often set ourselves up in these situations and don’t listen to what is right under our noses. Joshua brings this clearer for us all and shows that if you do listen, even the most “arduous journey” can be smooth. Thanks Bernard.

      1. Yes. These tips are not just for flying. They are for life, for any ‘unusually intense’ time or journey. And it is when things get intense that it becomes ever more important to take the upmost care for ourselves.

      2. Hello ottobathurst great point and when you build a consistent “upmost care” in little moments then “when things get intense” you will have that consistency there to catch you. We should take care of ourselves, why wouldn’t you we are worth it. Nice flying with you Otto.

      3. Well said Bernard and Raymond; the way I travel these days has definitely become simpler; less food, plenty of water and moving my body when it feels it needs to be moved, resting when I feel to. I still do get a bit jet lagged, and it takes me a couple of days to fully adjust to the time difference, but compared to in the past, that’s nothing. Until I learned to be more considerate of my body, I used to have alcohol and heavy foods on the plane – and then most times ending up having to contend with a cold or flue at the desired destination…. When you only have 3 weeks or so away, it’s a real killer to be sick and under par for 7 to 10 days…. Many people also used to say that you can’t help catching the flue on the plane. But I don’t agree. If our bodies are rested and honoured, they don’t need to get the flu just because of an aeroplane trip.

      4. Thank you Esther, being in touch with how your body is in any moment is very supportive. Why we don’t listen consistently is another story but as we are discussing, there are huge benefits to how you feel long term from taking real care of yourself.

      5. Great point Raymond Karam. If we consider the flying like a journey through life then it opens up a whole new way of looking at human life. How many of us are living for retirement or holidays a bit like getting to our destination rather than simply enjoying the journey

      6. It’s true Raymond. Is a flight any different from any other moment of our lives and is Jet Lag any different from any other symptom of insufficient self care? This blog and all these comments are ace. But, as you say, many of us don’t apply this level of self care at every moment of every day. I don’t. Although it is getting more consistent and actually that is the best way to deal with Jet Lag – make it just another day of love and purpose.

      7. Actually. Adding to that. What I have said at the end needs more. Much of this discussion has been about techniques and tips for self care. But above all of that is purpose. If I am on a flight (or in any day) and am connecting and committing to the purpose of what I am doing and what I am bringing, then that is the very best support – and, as a Brucey Bonus, that automatically induces the self care. It has to, by definition. If I am committed to the purpose, then I am committed to supporting that purpose. Bingo.

  85. This is great Joshua. Adjusting to the new timezone asap is key – I once arrived in the UK at 6am on a flight from Australia and had a great day, went to bed at the normal time and awoke the next morning as if I hadn’t travelled. Supportive foods, clothing, blankets, eye masks, etc. all help during the flight. Our bodies are amazing Joshua, the innate wisdom inside us will lovingly show us what is the best support.

  86. Thanks Joshua, very interesting especially the statement about the body adjusting better if you live the timezone you are in. It used to do my head in to try and live the time zone where I would end up and never seemed to help.

    1. When I travel long haul flights that’s what I find works best for me to ‘live to the time in the timezone that I was currently in.’ Allowing my body plenty of rest, hydration and either not eating or keeping it very light, with no stimulation, is all really supportive in my experience.

  87. “However I could soon feel how exhausting it was to view the journey and timezone changes in this way and how I was already setting myself up to feel exhausted by the end of the journey by not honouring what my body was naturally telling me.” There’s a lot in this; if we’re setting-up a certain feeling in advance, of course we’ll fulfil this. By knowing there’s another much more supportive way to travel and abiding by the body’s signals, a completely different result in the body is possible for sure.

    1. Great point Oliver – it is often what we ‘think it will be like’ that has set the wheels in motion and by the time we ‘arrive’ we are fulfilling what we wanted – good or bad – it to be like.

      1. That’s so true Lee and Oliver, yet this can be our experience in any area of life when we have a preconceived idea of how things will be – good or bad – our planning of, or dreading of what’s ahead will often fulfil itself, rather than allowing life to unfold and doing what’s necessary in the moment.

      2. Thank you Rosemary for the reminder again that life unfolds and my job is purely and simply to walk through life observing and bringing what is needed in each and every moment.

  88. Joshua, this is very well said: “It was beautiful to feel how empowering it can be to honour the body and its natural intelligence.” It certainly has a natural intelligence that we’re able to respond to.

    1. I love that we are talking about the body’s ‘natural intelligence’. Cuts to the truth and there is no denying it! It is a conversation that is growing and can become a natural part of how we talk about the impact of our choices and how life is ‘sold’ to us on so many levels.

      1. I agree Bernadette. Just hearing or using the phrase ‘the body’s natural intelligence’ is such a delight and such a blessing. And that’s even before I dive deeper in to what it actually means and is offering! When I hear that expression, I can feel my body saying “hallelujah, at last you’re listening…here I am…give me the reins….i got it covered…”

      2. Yes Otto, it is truly incredulous just how ‘missing’ the support for and education about this obvious intelligence has been! Once we connect with it, consulting our bodies becomes the home of truth. What a gift now to pass on to our children and their children’s children!

      3. Imagine if we learnt about how bodies natural intelligence at school. Wow, it would not longer feel that the answers to life are in our heads but in our hearts

    2. Yes Oliver we just have to get our selves out of the way and allow the inner wisdom or natural intelligence have its way with us… They have our back!

  89. Great example of how honouring ourselves and our bodies is the key to living vital and healthy as opposed to leaving ourselves exhausted when we live by our minds or perhaps what other people tell us. This example of flying makes complete sense and it is deemed normal that everyone experiences jet-lag; however Joshua you have shown us there is another, absolutely possible way. Thank you.

    1. So true Cherise, it’s like all areas of life isn’t it? Like flying is a concentrated version of how we are living our lives and the consequences are condensed and quickly noticed. I had not thought of flying this way but it offers us a chance to really look at the momentums we have been living in as there is nowhere to go, nowhere to run away from our choices, we must remain in this space until we reach our destination.

  90. It’s so amazing how our bodies function when we let them. They just innately know how to opporate to produce a state of harmony (without interference via ourselves of course) no matter where we are. It’s awesome to hear how you listened to your body Josh and what came about from it.

    1. Love this Emily – our bodies ‘innately know how to opporate to produce a state of harmony (without interference via ourselves of course)’. Sometimes I do not think we realise just how much interference we introduce to our bodies.

      1. I love that line too Sally, it’s amazing how harmonious things can be when we get ourselves out of the way!

      2. Joshua’s blog is a lovely description of how staying , and being in harmony with our bodies makes life flow so much more easily. On a long journey we can often get distracted by thoughts of what those we left behind are doing and what we are going to do when we arrive, leaving the body making the journey disconnected. Joshua’s way is so much better.

      3. Sally that’s a great way of putting it ” Sometimes I don’t think we realise just how much interference we introduce to our bodies” that’s so true, we invest so much energy entertaining and distracting ourselves we forget we can just be still.

    2. Absolutely Emily – our bodies are designed to function in a harmonious way, and when there is disorder, it does everything to restore its natural balance. The more we listen, the more we can work with the messages the body is always giving us.

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