With my 200hr yoga teacher training coming to an end, I have spent some time reflecting over the many – useful and ridiculous – insights I’ve gained over the last 6 months. One of the most important things I’ve learnt is to always be prepared for change. Part of this is due to where I’m at in my life. In a couple of weeks I’ll be leaving my lovely little life and tribe in south west London and heading back home for 6 weeks before embarking on my travels in August. Despite my sadness about having to leave all the people I’ve grown to love here, it has made me realise that everything changes. The way you live your life depends on how you deal with these changes. I like to think of them more as opportunities. Even from one moment to the next there are waves of opportunity, each of which you can act on.
There may be times when the waters feel familiar, but like the ever changing nature of the ocean, no two phases will be exactly the same.
Life is like the sea, sometimes the waters will be calm and smooth, other times the waves will be crashing and scary, and everything else in between. True wisdom lies in
knowing when, and how, to ride them. If you resist the bigger waves or try to remain too still, you can get pushed under. Equally, you can test them out – maybe you’ll fall in (or maybe you won’t!) but you will learn something new from each one. There may be times when the waters feel familiar, but like the ever changing nature of the ocean, no two phases will be exactly the same. As you become more in tune with the sensations of your ocean, you can draw on your experiences to figure out which actions to take.
enjoy the waves for what they are – temporary and surface level.
Although the surface of the water may feel like it is your existence, the waters beneath them run miles deep and are calm under the rolling waves. This is where your real life is situated. Due to our fluid nature, we will always live on the surface. However, we can take comfort in knowing the the water beneath us is alway still and enjoy the waves for what they are – temporary and surface level.
The fact is, we are constantly surrounded by waves. Sound, light, electrical, micro (and loads more – I’m no scientist). Beyond the physical waves, there are the experiential waves of our reality. Waves of opportunities – love, adventure, success, failure – always breaking and always present. It is up to us, as the surfer, how we find them and if we ride them.