Soaring down the face of a wave, an opportunity presents itself to execute a turn. I dig my fins deeply into the salty liquid, put a little extra weight in my back foot, a bit more pressure in my toes, and lean, lean so much that in order to stay on top of my board my feet must quickly complete the rotation and land swiftly under my body. It’s then and there, at that very moment, that I realize how important leaning into life is.
When we lean into the changes, when we lean into opportunities, when we lean into one another, life holds us up. It’s not always easy, especially when one’s not sure how much to lean, how much pressure to put where, or when to counterbalance. And no doubt, there will be many plops into the water while developing this maneuver, but that is the only way to learn, the only way to grow. The more we practice leaning-into instead of resisting, the more we practice understanding instead of blaming, the more we practice trusting instead of fearing, the more we will enjoy this precious gift we refer to as, life.