Whenever I share a private session or workshop and ask people which scene or image feels calming, the response is often: "The ocean." There's something about the sound and sight of waves rolling into shore and away that is very soothing to our whole being. It's repetitive in it's motion, this coming and going, and yet every single wave is different. How astounding!
Life is a lot like that. We wake up, do what we do, go to sleep, and wake up again. Repetitive, right?! And yet, every single day of our life is different. Some days feel big. Others small. Some intimidate us. Others are refreshing. Every day there's a host of intricate and delicate varying sensations that move through us. How astounding!
Indeed, there's something very calming in watching ocean waves come and go. Likewise, there's something very calming in watching waves of feelings and thoughts come and go. Because when we watch the repetitive and yet astounding movement of all these waves, we are reminded that we are the ocean.
Yes, we are this expansive, wide open, vast field. And yes, waves move through us all the time. Feelings? They come and go. Thoughts? They come and go. Hardship, pain, laughter, excitement, panic, merriment? They come and go. But we, we are always the ocean. We are always the vast space through which all of life moves through.
Herein lies the invitation to feel into your oceanic self.
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
Curious to learn more and practice feeling yourself as the ocean? Contact Shira for a private session and/or join any of her meditation offerings, especially those focused on the second chakra and its element of water. For current offerings, see Classes.
Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.