To Float Or Not To Float
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Recently, I began to do the daily meditations in Melody Beattie‘s The Language of Letting Go book. The other day, there was this fantastic meditation that I just loved and wanted to share with you because it so embodies where I am in my life right now and where I want to be always. The date was April 12th and the theme was about floating down a river…just relaxing, breathing, enjoying.
This caught my attention immediately because this is how I feel when I swim in our pool. I do laps but shorter, more casual than most would think of when they think of laps. I also spend time just kind of treading water and staying in one spot in the deep end, using both my arms and legs.
And then there is the float. I love to float and just kind of see where the water takes me. My daughter says I look really funny because all you can see above water is my face and boobs so I always find that image popping into my head, even though I can’t quite see what she sees. And still, I float…
My daughter also says she likes to swim but can’t do it long because it’s kind of boring at the same time. I don’t feel what she feels. I love the weightlessness I feel, no matter what I’m doing in the pool. I love the flow of the water around me and just allowing myself to be in the moment and hang out there in that space. I love the lack of resistance I feel as I move freely, however I choose to move. I also enjoy an occasional “Luke, I am your father.” comment when underwater because it sounds like Darth Vader and it’s funny.
Looking back at the meditation, it talks about floating along, feeling at peace and then, all of a sudden, panicking and beginning to flail about, looking for something, anything, to grab on to. I sometimes feel that way too but on dry land. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way in water. I think that’s why I love to swim.
It is in the resistance…the flailing about…the lack of trust…where we find our greatest challenges. It is in the flow…the floating along…just being and breathing…that we find our greatest successes.
Today I choose to float. How about you?