Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Waves


Welcome to our meditation... Take a deep breath. Stretch your arms and your fingers. Stretch your legs and your toes. Relax your body. Clear your mind. Imagine yourself on a beach. You're watching as the waves roll onto the sand. The white caps lining the tips and then dispersing into foamy ripples along the shoreline. Often we think of the surface and what is happening on top of the water. But the waves can run deep. They are like a piece of heavy machinery at times and their force can knock you off your feet if you're not ready. As I was swimming in the water on the shores of North Carolina last summer, I was standing about waist deep. The larger waves began to roll in and it took most of my strength to prevent from getting knocked over. A surfer friend I was with taught me how to duck under a wave rather than getting taken by it's force on top of the water. Just as the wave approached I ducked way under the water and I felt the woosh of the wave go rolling over me. It was an incredible feeling. And it took much less effort. We can compare these large waves to the large obstacles we face in our day to day lives. We don't have to run away from these situations. And we don't have to get knocked over by them. We just need to acquire the proper wisdom to handle them and maneuver our way through them. Today as you go about your day, seek out the wisdom in handling life's big waves. By being prepared we can develop confidence in ourselves and save quite a bit of energy.