When you are tumbled by life’s waves,
you don’t get your bearings –
as in ‘you return’ to where you were;
you start over from where you are.
The struggle happens when we attempt to return to our original spot – usually moving against the current to get there. We exhaust our entire beings, insistent upon our way.
Peace happens when we realize we are in new space and if we open to explore it from the point where we landed (were tossed into) we can lean into flow and that current continues to move us forward.
My current journey is all about learning how to bring elemental energy into my physical body, daily life, personal space. This interests me because so many practices of presence are done outside of our current physical space; yet, we are human beings living here on physical Earth, it’s as if we are ignoring half of our essence.
When we bring our practices ‘home’ we are naturally amplifying our ability to feel peace and to create with possibility.
Elemental energy is familiar to me; there are universal principles and order to the cycles of organic growth. As I explore “how’ to bring it into daily life, I learn in physical ways.
I was in a space of energetic uncertainty – feeling like I was releasing and embracing quickly, not knowing where any of it would lead – so I brought it to Ocean; choosing to body surf with my daughter on a gusty wind/high surf day. My intention was to physically feel ‘tumbled’.
As we stood on the beach, feeling wind and looking at the waves, I was a bit afraid of the power of the elements but, I know Ocean well, so I was also very trusting. That trust got me into the water, despite my fear.
I know with certainty if I lean into flow, the wave will carry me to shore. I also know with certainty, if I struggle, I will be tumbled.
Whether I am carried or tumbled is not Ocean’s choice, nor is it personal – the quality of my experience is completely dependent upon my trust in flow and my choice to lean in or resist.
I enjoyed riding the waves. I loved the feel of being carried!
Until…I looked at the next wave – it looked super big and my mind said ‘oh, shoot this wave has potential to hurt me‘….and I was so busy being afraid that I forgot to lean in. Instead I dug in my feet and I stood strong and….
I was tumbled – head over heels, rolled a few times under water; I couldn’t catch my breath, I couldn’t stand, I scraped my knee on the ocean floor then I was pretty much tossed out onto the sand.
It sucked. It hurt. A lot.
It could have been avoided had I simply stayed in ‘love’ with the experience.
I wanted to stay in the water and I really liked my previous spot. But I had been carried so far away from it I would have had to swim against the current to get there. It might have been possible but it would have been ultra-challenging.
Or….I could simply walk out a few feet from where I was (this new space) and start over from there. Still in love with the process, still tapped into flow, just in a new space.
A bit bruised, but that inspired me to lean in, even when I was afraid. And I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the day!
right after I was tumbled…
this is about as natural as it gets!
Dear Reader: What is your experience with being ‘tumbled’ (either energetically or physically)? Do you prefer attempting to return to your previous space or to create from the new space you are in? And how does your preference feel? (when you share, you inspire)
Thank you for your presence!
Much peace and abundant love,
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