Did I really think I could control the ocean?!
When I finally returned to the top deck, Jake encouraged me to keep my legs and arms flexible and just roll with the waves, bending my legs to absorb some of the wave and keeping my eyes toward land or the horizon--a stable and steady object.
Did I really think I could control the ocean?! Well, in the beginning I guess I did and that was my downfall. Once I could recognize that what was in charge--the ocean--was bigger than me, once I could let go of the need to control and actually become responsive to things as they were, I not only could manage the journey, I could enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
I didn't feel nauseous again except one time when we were anchored offshore in the open waters. I was told to just jump overboard when I felt sick and let the waves hold me. It worked. Incredulous, I just bobbed up and down in the warm waters until my stomach settled.
I was getting the hang of this sailing thing and the advice I was given translated into life as well. Stay in the moment and be buoyantly reflexive to conditions happening around me.
Mindfulness, this practice of staying open to moment by moment experience with a curious openness and allowance, has helped me grow this capacity. So when challenging and quickly changing situations arise, I can just bend my proverbial knees and bring a flexible, calm attention to it. I'm much better able to not only make wiser choices than if I were fighting the truth of the situation, I can even enjoy the journey along the way.
So here we are with moment by moment changes in the evolving Corona Virus situation and I'm taking it as it comes and reflecting with gratitude on the flexibility I've gained through practice. I'm also reminded of the famous quote a mindfulness teacher once said, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
I'm curious, what has helped you stay flexible through difficult times? What are you turning to now? I invite you to find nourishing ways to take care of yourself during this challenging time.
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