In this vast ocean of consciousness, many of us often find ourselves in situations where we either sink or swim. Commitments to family, friends, work, and various other causes can sometimes leave us feeling like we’re carrying more than we are able to. And so we do our best to swim, much like a duck—calm, cool, and collected on the surface, and perpetually paddling frantically just below. This, however, is exhausting, especially when we don’t take enough time to ourselves, to check in with the most valuable commitment one could ever have: being true to oneself.
What this entails is acknowledging and honoring our limits as human spiritual beings. It means taking time for solitude, recreation (literally, re-creation), and self-care, which manifests differently from moment to moment, based upon an individual’s feelings and needs. Finding that quiet stillness, that expansive space, within each of us, whether it’s through creative crafting, a moment of meditation, or a wonder-full walk in Nature, allows us to return to the paradoxical simplicity of our complex constitution as a multi-dimensional organism: To Be…or not to Be?
William Shakespeare posed this question in the 1600s, and it remains one of the most essential conflicts we face as a human race. How much longer must we deny ourselves our inherent, Transformative Power to cultivate a life that makes us feel awake, aware, and alive? Who and what we are is a result of who and what we each are (consciously or otherwise) choosing to Be precisely in this moment, Here and Now. Why not dare to Be different, Be Present, and Be true to you? What might that look like for you?
When we shift gears and slow down, we shift our paradigm and show up. Perfect happiness and great joy—that is, our bliss, awaits us at every moment. In the encouraging words of Joseph Campbell: “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”
And so, when faced with the duality of sinking or swimming, why not surf?