2020 has proved you can swim with me through anything. That life is
like one long swimarathon. You know you can find the right stroke to
suit your mood and energy, one that will get you through the lowest
and darkest of days. The overwhelming wonderful feeling your body
and mind experiences as it enters the beautifully cold silky sea: the
tingles; the chills; the release; the thrill; the freedom; the blue space; the
eternity; draws you into its mysterious calming magic where you come
alive. Where you celebrate life, where you heal, where you grow, where
gratitude greets you, where you reflect and where you feel deeply
connected to your core.
Breathe. Swim. Swim through your days even when you’re not in water.
Dive in, dive deep, dive into the dark and unknown, let yourself get lost,
surrender to everything. Let the sea always hold you in her embrace, let
her guide you, soothe you, no matter where you are. Be open to receive.
Be open to let go. Breathe.
Some days you’ll tread water. You will feel like you’re going nowhere
soon, and you’re not. You’ll get used to feeling stuck, but you’ll learn
to float and flow with the highest and lowest of tides. You’ll find a new
groove and rhythm. You’ll let yourself reset and bond deeply with your
family and surroundings.
Some days you’ll fly through the water where nothing can stop you,
not even the negative thoughts occupying that crazy mind of yours –
they fool you no longer. Surrender to them, they don’t own you, you’re
in control. Trust. Head down, breathe, stroke, stroke, stroke, breathe,
stroke, stroke, stroke, breathe. Repeat. You can now let yourself be.
Relax. Nothing to hide, nothing to hide from. Surrender, surrender even
more into a meditative moving state. Now you are where you can lose
yourself. Where you are free. Where you’ve never felt so at ease and
peace. Stillness. Where your world is fluid and light. Where nothing else
matters other than where you are and what you are doing at that
moment. Where the here and now are all you have; you understand
that more than ever.
When you feel out of your depth, you can breathe and swim back
to shore, to solid ground, with strength and confidence, returning to
yourself. You know you can do hard things. The sea is filling you up
with life, adventure, resilience and hope. With that mindset, 2020 is
rough water waiting to settle, nothing lasts for ever. Keep mentally
and physically swimming through life with me, weightless yet stronger,
determined and full of salty love.
Love the Ocean (ultimately, Yours Truly, Elizabeth)