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    On Jun 29, 2012 Smita wrote:

    I live on Maui, and a couple weeks ago I went to take a swim in the ocean.  The waves were very big that day, but I saw a lot of people in the water so I decided it would be okay for me to go in too.  For about 20 minutes I was fine.  I was out far enough to enjoy the water before it transformed into big crashing waves.  Then came a huge wave that was going to crash further away from the shore than the others had been.  And I was right under where it was about to crash.  I didn't have time to think.  I just took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and let the wave crash right on top of me and send me tumbling under water for a while.  I didn't fight it.  There was no other option in that moment but to surrender.  If I had tried to fight that wave, I probably would've been hurt pretty badly.  I'm just not strong enough to fight the ocean!

    What happened next is that a few more huge waves crashed after that one.  And this time, I decided to dive *under* each wave.  Although I really wanted to get out of the water and be safe on land again, I knew that I would be in bigger trouble if I struggled and tried to get back to shore at that moment.  So I dove *under* each wave, where I felt the stillness of the water...ahhhh...a safe haven.

    So what did I learn from all of this?  First, that I am grateful for LIFE!  Second, I saw this experience as a metaphor for how I can move through challenges.  When I'm experiencing strong emotions or life circumstances that feel overwhelming, I can do what I need to do to keep myself safe, and then surrender to them fully...ride them like a wave...accept and embrace them...relax and truly enjoy the ride for what it is.  And then love myself and give myself a really big hug afterwards.  :)  There's a very good chance freedom is on the other side when I'm able to do that.

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