What gives you Joy?! What experience consistently feeds your Spirit and soothes your Soul? For me, one of the most powerful, is being with water. Being in, on or next to water. In his brilliant work ‘Blue Mind’, author Wallace J Nichols explores our relationship with water through neuroscience and psychology, nature and conservation. He invites us to consider, the powerful healing and inspiration, that mindfully being with water offers us. I loved the book yet I need no convincing. The oceans, rivers, creeks and lakes are where I am drawn to center, heal, reflect and hear my own voice of wisdom.
I can watch the ocean for hours. It is one of the most profound ‘eyes open’ meditations I practice. I love watching and being with the life of the ocean the birds, sea critters and saltwater mammals. The Humpback Whales are here in the Hawaii winter waters, this morning I saw them spouting, tail slapping, pectoral fin waving, clear to the tail breeching and their graceful arch backed sounding (from where they get their name). I have watched marine mammals my entire life and I can say… I never loose the sensation of absolute delight. It always feels like a magical moment of Grace.
I have tried a few times to catch a breech photo. I will see a breech and bring out my iPhone and aim it at where the breech was… And wait. I swear they know and get camera shy. And after a short bit of time, I remind myself the true lesson: Be. Here. Now. Be in the moment with Gratitude. I do not try to ‘capture’ the moment any more… The beautiful dance remains in my Heart.
Every afternoon I go to a swimming beach, which one depends on the weather and ocean conditions. I first came to Kauai 35 years ago, on the 60 foot Schooner, ‘Mistral’, sailing from Oahu. It was summer and we sailed into Hanalei Bay on the north shore. We dropped anchor and I looked at the long white sand beach and the mountains full of waterfalls, above it… And felt at hOMe. A couple people took our only dingy to shore to run errands and after a couple hours I grew restless with a desire to explore, the Island was calling. So I took a surfboard and paddled into the beach.
In other words, the first time I set foot on Kauai, I swam to her. I have been swimming in her waters ever since. It is hard to describe my sensual joy of ocean swimming. My favorite place to swim is just past the break of the waves, in the rolling deep. I love being in the dark blue deeper water. I also like when a large set will break where I swim… I dive my head and roll through the breaking wave. This is my ocean yoga. This is my dance with Divine Ocean.
The cure for everything is saltwater... Tears, sweat or the Sea.