[just in] NYT: Finding Peace During Noisy Trips

I don’t know how many of you I speak on behalf about this topic, but I’m sure there’s a few of you who will agree with me on this. Noisy children on a plane are REALLY REALLY annoying. Probably as annoying as children who kick, scream or cry in public places.

You can put your hands up now, in the comfort of your own home.

I’m not saying noisy children on a plane is the only thing that annoys me. People who ignore the seat belt sign annoy me. People who don’t turn their mobiles off when they’re told to annoy me. People who lower their seat back till their head rest touches me annoy me.

Well, apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong with my fancy headphones, death stares and all. According to Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace who is teaching his meditation methods in the modern world so we can all chill the fuck out, seems to think that acceptance is the key to finding “peace”. The more we don’t accept the situation and the more we think about how we want the situation to be, the more annoyed we get because our ideal situation isn’t happening.

Say what? Accept that there is a child crying behind you and you will be all good? Accept that while the child is crying, he/she is also kicking your chair. How does one just accept that?

First, simply acknowledge that you’re frustrated (in your head, not by lobbing a shoe). “When you look at resistance it starts to lose its intensity,” Mr. Puddicombe said. Then, listen to the sound. Don’t blame the noisemakers. Just listen to the sound.
Excerpt from the NYtimes.com article

As much as I like to think that his methods works, there is no getting around the fact that the crying child is NOT massaging my back and is just annoying the hell out of me.

I’ll just keep bringing the headphones with me. They’ve worked for me thus far.

So how do you deal with noise during your travels? Do you do the same? Or you’ve got a better method to share?


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