Surfing the Great Ocean of Life

Be Well Be Happy

“Can you learn to surf the chaos and uncertainty that real life includes without falling into a trance of unworthiness? You can. A surfer is powerless to change the towering wave rushing toward her. But she doesn’t want to change it. She wants to surf it and she learns to feel safe in the immense ocean of being even when she falls. She confidently gets right back up to meet the next wave.”  Zen in the Age of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating our Modern Lives, Tim Burkett.

The surfer wants to surf, accepts the immense ocean for what it is, and learns to get up again and again. We can rise above the falls, the unhappy happenings, the shocks and surprises that throw us for a loop, just by accepting that this is life: at times happy, perfect, healthy, peaceful, loving, joyous, balanced, definite, and at times the opposites. 

No two waves are alike. So even the experienced surfer could be wiped out or fall at any time. That doesn’t mean that she/he is not good enough; it could just mean that at that moment, the wave and the surfer are not in sync. Just like when we try and try at something, and it just isn’t happening yet, that doesn’t mean that we are not good enough. We are enough as we are at this moment in time. By accepting that, we come into a positive frame of mind and heart and we leave space to reach what we want to, or improve on something, or whatever it is. There are rides and there are falls.  Just like in life. Sometimes we’re riding “high on life” and then something could happen to plunge our hearts to our stomachs. But with time and process, we will ride another wave. 

When we can “feel safe in the immense ocean of being” (above quote), when we can be secure in ourselves and in our places in the world and the universe, believing in our lives as purposeful and meaningful, we can eventually rise above whatever, like getting back up to meet the next wave. Perhaps it would help to think about inner energy. We have these energy centers in the spine, called, “chakras,” which move vital energy throughout the body. One of them located from the navel to the solar plexus, called, “manipura” is the chakra for personal power, will and self-esteem. The element associated with this chakra is fire and the color yellow. When we engage the muscles in that space, our spines lift and we stand tall.  We can. We are the source of our own power and strength. Let us trust ourselves, be confident and know and feel that we are worthy of this life with all its chaos, uncertainty and with all its peace and sureness.

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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