Hawaiian Islands

Ebb and Flow



Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

– Lao Tzu

I am finally heading back to the water for some much overdue surfing along the epic north shores of Oahu. Surfing for me does not represent a hobby or a goal I’m trying to achieve. From the moment I touched my first board, it became a passion, a bottom-of-your-gut-goofy-grin-invoking feeling of excitement, peace, groundedness, freedom, and love all in one. Talk about a natural high!

Lately my life has been so busy, full of things to do, places to be, people to see, and the jetsetting hasn’t helped to keep me grounded. But the other day, Andy kept repeating the mantra “ebb and flow” and it hit my powerfully. I actually told him to shut the hell up. Because I realized, I didn’t have flow, and I so badly wanted it. Here he was, Mr. Easy Going, no plans, nothing to do, no obligations or expectations. And Miss Type A came along and stomped all over it. But it was a beautiful moment of presence for me. I had a very lucid awakening to my current state of mind. I was watching him embody a way of being that I desperately needed. And I realized that instead of being angry, I could choose it.

So I went to yoga the next morning, and I dedicated my 90 minute practice to Andy and ebb and flow. No miracle occurred. I didn’t quit all my jobs/obligations or pack up my bags and hit the waves (ok I am doing that in two days, but this trip was already planned). But I do repeat and attempt to practice this mantra daily, and in little ways, my outlook and my actions are catching on. This is yoga. This is life. It’s all a practice of the mind.

Be happy.

Be sad.

Be vulnerable.

Be you

and enjoy the ride.

Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes you just have to go with the ebb and flow. Be like water, my friends. Aloha!

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