When first learning to surf I feared falling, so I kept my hands in front of me. It was as if I thought I would be landing on something solid and I could weaken the impact of the fall by putting my hands out. As my surfing progressed I discovered that one of the most important things to do, is to surf with arms wide open, allowing myself to be completely vulnerable to the ocean. Through this processes of opening up, I went from fearing falls, to giving each wave my fullest regardless of the risks, and hugging the water when plummeting.
So now, I glide down the face of waves with my arms wide open. I release my fears and become completely vulnerable to each ride. With my heart shining towards the blue, I feel unconditional love and am soulfully present. As I lean into turns my arms grow longer, my shoulders broaden, and my chest opens a little more. These signs of acceptance allow for the momentum to continue to flow with me, assisting me through each maneuver. It’s as if the wave sees my openness and therefore knows I am accepting of its energy. As I proceed to surf, I remind myself of the risks of exposure; the power the ocean holds could push me into a tumble or give me wings to fly. Acknowledging these risks, I accept life more fully by choosing to surf with my arms wide open, giving my best by being my all.
Often times we put barriers up to protect ourselves, physically and mentally. We keep our hands out in front, prepared to catch ourselves at any moment. Living in this state of constant fear only limits our potential and steals opportunities from us. To live to our fullest, we must open up, expose ourselves deeply and truly. This shows life we are accepting of it’s guidance because we are willing to be vulnerable to the risks of living.