While coaching a client this week I shared this observation that I made last year. Now I realize this is a bold statement coming from someone who’s never actually been kite surfing, so anyone reading this who has done it please feel free to comment. Whenever I see those bright colored sails over the ocean dragging the surfers along at incredible speeds I am in awe. The experienced surfers know how to navigate the wind and the waves just right allowing them to soar in the air for several seconds before plunking back down into the sea. It looks so freeing! The wind and the kite take care of propelling the surfers forward. It seems to me their job is to stay balanced on the board, keep it and themselves above water, and stay in harmony with the wind and waves.
Isn’t life like that? It is always pulling us forward. Our job is to stay balanced and keep our thoughts positive. We also have to stay in harmony with life and accept “what is.” It would do a kite surfer no good to scream and yell at the wind for blowing the wrong way or shout at the waves for being too close together. They simply have to accept the conditions as they are and then make adjustments to their stance, their grip, or the position of the kite. Once the adjustments are made they will begin to move in a new direction and accomplish the tricks and flips they desire. Sometimes life does take us to exhilarating heights! And just like the kite surfers, we eventually come back down, sometimes with a crash and a dip below the surface of the water. But like the surfers, our job is simply to get back up on the board and not stay swimming around in the despair. Allow life in the form of healthy spiritual practices, good friends, family, and things that bring you joy to pull you back up and send you streaming through the water again.
Coaching and Family Constellation are great ways to pull yourself up. I’m so excited to be doing another workshop next Sunday with Michelle Blechner at the Family Constellation Institute of Miami. This month we are looking at “Rebuilding Trust with Your Inner Child.” The last Inner Child workshop we did together was very powerful and transformative, and since the energy is always expanding, I know this one will be too! You can register HERE. And for those of you in the Fort Lauderdale area, please join us every 1st Wednesday evening of the month from 7-10 PM or every 3rd Saturday afternoon from 2-5 PM (which happens to be this Saturday!) at Bridges of Wellness for group sessions of Family Constellation. More details are on my website.
Thank you for reading and all the great comments on my FaceBook and Blog pages. Until next time, may you stay in harmony with life so you can keep sailing and soaring! In keeping with the Kite Surfing theme, here is a link for some great metaphorical advice on how to turn your life around. Do you have any insights like this to share? What is life like to you? Please let us know in the comments below!