I recently vacationed to Oceanside, California. Before leaving from my hometown, I made the intention to “unplug” as much as possible, only checking my email and Facebook once in a while. Little did I know that my destination would conspire to make sure that happened. Upon arriving, I found that my device obtained very little 3G and the wi-fi in our rental was very poor. Honestly, I found myself stressing a little. I mean, it’s one thing to put the phone down with the knowing you can check in on emails if you want, but it’s another when the connection just isn’t there and you can’t.
The first couple days went fine, I was so into my new surroundings that I didn’t really think about my phone. I try and meditate every couple days, and usually, I will play some ocean sounds on my computer or phone (I absolutely love being by the ocean). So now that I was physically on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, I wanted to meditate with the real deal playing in my ears.
I get comfortable and close my eyes, breathing in and out, then a wave crashes to shore and my eyes pop open! Ok, closing eyes, breathing… a seagull announces its presence… eyes pop open! Try again…wave crashes…open eyes… and the cycle continued. I never did fully meditate with my eyes closed like I’m used to at home. But I clearly found another method of meditation that worked great for me, and that was just appreciating where I was at and letting my mind wonder.
I enjoyed quite a few hours just watching waves coming in and receding, the high tide, the low tide, birds air surfing over waves, dolphins swimming by, surfers catching their waves…I really started to feel a rhythm in nature. I started to feel my connection to everything.
On the third or fourth day (can’t remember, which proves my unplugging…), I felt the inspiration to write some words while in my open-eyed meditation moment. I wouldn’t call this a poem, but rather words that just flowed through me as I was watching waves.
Life ebbs and flows, breathes. What you’re searching for might be covered, but will appear on the exhale. No need to worry, continuous motion, and you are a part of it. It circles around. If you miss the first time, there is always another cycle. Larger forces orchestrate. Relax, breathe, smell, feel, let the power inspire. You cannot stop the natural machine, so be a part of it, understand.
I don’t think this is publish-worthy, lol, but it really does encapsulate what I was feeling at that moment, and that’s what I’ve taken back home with me. Nature is a big, big, big machine, and it continuously runs whether we are paying attention or not. So what about me? What’s my purpose here? How is it that I’m in this big machine but don’t always understand why?
Actually, I do understand. I’m a Law of Attraction Life Coach, and with all my studying of LOA, I know that I have a specific purpose with my human experience here. We all do! My purpose has to do with creating stuff, be it art, or music, or writing. I had that realization a couple years ago, and I am content with that. What disconnects us is when we allow our “monkey mind”, our human brain, to react to our circumstances that we, ironically, create for ourselves.
What goes around in our brain, comes around in our reality. By unplugging and getting into the rhythm of the big machine really helped me get back to my purpose. There’s more to my life than emails, Facebook, TV and every other distraction that enters my senses. I and everyone else in this world are natural forces here, who have a purpose in the big machine.
My overall takeaway from my vacation? Instead of just watching the wave, understand the wave.