Yesterday I spent an hour 100% in the present. Do you have any idea how difficult that can be? With so much happening around me: happiness, sadness, deadlines, turmoil, uncertainty, family illness, there is no better relief than going into the liquid netherworld.
These ladies. This place. It is magic. You think only about the next breath, the sights on the ocean floor, the current surrounding you, the cold and numbing. We howl upon entering and get moving. I spy the house and pine out of the corner of my steaming goggle lens, feel the resistance of the neoprene wet suit with each outstretched arm. Swim past a faint jellyfish glow. See opportunity in the big crab one could probably dive down and fetch with a bare hand (gotta keep moving, it's damn chilly in these waters). I notice the resurgence of the sea stars just beneath. I think, swim to that point....getting closer....closer....breathe, pull, reach, be sleek, hold the water, move with grace, go the distance.
There is such joy in the accomplishment of these swims, but moreover that spell cast on me in that present-tense state is like nothing else I've encountered. It is the best medicine.
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