Riding the Waves of Uncertainty: A Surfer's Journey to Inner Peace and AcceptanceJun 10, 2023
This is a section from the Book Unthinkable - Life Teachings From a Soul Surfer:
We live in an illusion that we are in control. We crave predictability
, but life isn’t like that. We get so caught up in trying to put
all the pieces into place to feel peace when peace is something
we can access any time. I wonder if life, through wipeouts, is
showing us a pathway to peace. I believe that life is happening
for us—always—even in the most challenging of times. And the
more I focus on life through the lens of appreciation and curiosity,
the more balanced and harmonious I feel. When I focus
through the lens of worry, suspicion, or doubt, I feel constricted
I see reality as a two-sided coin. We can do our part in co-creating
the life we desire by connecting to what excites us the most
and creating a vision that aligns with those desires. And on the
flip side, the reality is, we don’t always truly know what life has
in store for us. Don’t fight against it; surrender to it.
Surrendering to the bigger picture is to remember we are
part of the whole—we are all drops in the ocean.
Illusion of Control: The misconception that we can control life, while in reality, life is unpredictable.
Inner Peace: Peace is an internal state accessible at any time, not a result of external arrangement.
Life as a Teacher: Life's challenges, including failures, are opportunities for growth and learning.
Perception: Positive viewpoints lead to balance and harmony, whereas negative ones cause disconnection and stress.
Co-Creation and Surrender: We can shape our lives but also need to accept life's unpredictability.
Interconnectedness: Understanding our part in the larger whole can lead to a sense of peace and harmony.
Control and Surrender: Reflect on a situation where you were reminded of the illusion of control. How did you react, and what did it teach you about surrendering and finding peace in unpredictability?
Perception and Emotion: Write about a time you shifted your perspective from worry or doubt to appreciation and curiosity. How did this change impact your feelings of connection or disconnection?
Co-creation and Acceptance: Think about your desires and the vision for your life. How are you co-creating your reality, and how can you balance this with the acceptance of life's unknowns? How does the metaphor of being a 'drop in the ocean' resonate with you?
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