When we’re close to the water,
When we’re right on the beach,
We see the waves come towards us and then retreat—
In this repeated back and forth motion.
But when we step back—
When we’re far enough away,
That pattern disappears.
Instead, we can see how the water moves in many directions,
All at once.
As the cyclical pattern dissipates, the movement appears random and chaotic.
The other night I practiced yoga on a cliff,
Far away from the water.
As I softened my gaze and sweetly shifted out of my logical, linear, rational mind,
I could feel its rhythm.
I could feel its pulse.
The ocean showed me that there’s a method in this madness, there’s a rhythm to this life.
Whenever we feel otherwise, all that may be needed is to take a step back (far back), from our current situation.
To drop out of our minds,
And simply observe.
The ocean reminded me that we need to listen in ways that we may not be used to,
To tune into the eternal conversation that transpires beyond speech,
To feel the underlying current and pulse, that constitutes life itself,
The interwoven connection that is eternally present.
We need to continuously step back,
And really listen.
Author: Alexa Torontow
Editor: Khara-Jade Warren
Image: Author’s own