Understanding Your Ocean

Living the Yoga Life

Understanding Your Ocean


As a lifeguard

for 25 years and a surfer, I have had a deep connection with the ocean—in my case, the Atlantic. Its vast size inspires awe. The surface is often rough with waves. Over the years I learned to work with the waves, ride them, and even during the roughest storms, play with them.

I have come to think of the waves and currents of the ocean as similar to the movements of our life. There are unexpected twists and turns, and if you fight against these, you will quickly tire. Much better to have a general direction you want to go in, but ultimately go with the flow. This is a good way to move thought the ocean, and a good way to move through life.

So far, however, we have only talked about the waves at the surface and the currents of our life. Although the waves seem rough, they are tiny movements on the surface compared to the entire ocean and its vast depths. In the same way, our life situation, though it may seem rough, is only a tiny disturbance on the surface of the depth of what we are.

It is helpful during difficult times to remind yourself that your life situation is only the waves on the surface. What you truly are is the entire ocean- not only the surface movements, but the entire vast, calm depths. The expansive calm that is available to all of us is the non-changing true self. The difficult times won’t last, and if you see the whole picture you realize the difference between the temporary storm and the big picture, which is underlying, even during the storm.

When you can see the whole, you realize that even during the storms of life, you can remain calm and strong if you can understand your ocean and access the truth of what you are.

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Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

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