The day that shall forever be known as Jan 4th 2018 - Part 1

“Unfortunately, the captain has decided we’re unable to land at Basel due to heavy winds. We’re sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll update you once we have more information.”

The plane lurches to the right, the wings creak and groan almost as loud as the passengers.

I’m noticing my breathing, I’m noticing my heart pounding, thumping adrenaline through a body that’s letting it.

“Vipassana meditators aren’t afraid of death, as it comes they are trained to feel, here comes another sensation, arising, passing, and now another sensation, and another…” Goenka’s voice creates the baseline to a cacophony of shrill high pitched “What the fuck, it’s over pal, this is it, this is how you’re going out” shrieks.