Many years ago when I first starting writing this Blog I wrote a post called Riding the Waves. Little did I know then how large the Waves would become, but I guess I was more prepared than I thought I was to survive and thrive through many big waves.
" So the Waves keep coming. And you keep cultivating your courage and bravery and sense of humor to relate to the situation of the Waves, and you keep getting up and going forward. It isn't that the Waves stop coming they just appear to be getting smaller and smaller and they don't knock you over anymore" Advice from Trungpa Rinpoche.
This week I am embracing a much needed time of rejuvenation, rebirth and recharging. A gift from a very dear friend and one that has been riding the Waves of her own. In the beginning of my wild ride, I rode the Waves to the shore of safety like I learned in my youth, but lately I have learned that I need to stay out longer in the calmness of the ocean and learn to embrace my feelings of fear and what I now know was not failure but growth. It is only when we are out of our comfort zone when true growth begins.
I have seen others start completely new lives at 40, 55, 72 and older. We should never stop growing and changing because even if we are not open to change, it will come anyway. There really is very little security in this world. Look at what is happening in the world right now, changes that none of us would have ever imagined, but I believe it means that we are all called to rise and stand up for what is important to us. We cannot judge the growth and path of others and therefore we can only choose to do what we can each do.
Do you believe in Fate and destiny? These words are used interchangeably these days but they are really very different. I do believe in Fate and maybe also in destiny. I absolutely believe in Karma in the purest sense of the word. It is not a punishment as it it is often referred to like Karma will catch up with you. It is really a pure version of the Golden Rule. Your conduct in this lifetime will determine your next incarnation. We are always shedding our skins and becoming new again if we allow ourselves to experience life outside of our comfort zones.
Today is my last morning on Palm Island, and It has been rejuvenating and has given me a much needed reawakening of the mind and spirit. I hope whatever you do this weekend will be filled with love and laughter, since it is after all, the beginning of Saint Valentine's week. I for one will keep Riding the Waves of life and it will be fun.