Tuesday, March 19, 2013

taking lessons from the sea


the wind and the waves on the west coast of denmark have such a calming effect. when i was there on sunday, after the course, i didn't really need relaxing and to have my head cleared, but after a really bad night's sleep and another encounter with xenophobia, sexism, racism and bullying, which the culture house meetings have become, i could definitely use some of that pounding surf right now.


i try to replace the hurt feelings, which completely zap all of the good energy out of me with loving, comforting thoughts. but, like this heart in the expanse of sand, those thoughts shiver there, all alone.


and then, right there on the beach is a big, ugly cement bunker, which feels like it's lashed around my neck and i'm dragging it along, and it's filled with all of the bad karma of the xenophobia, sexism, racism and bullying (fascism?). and even tho' someone has written kærlighed (love) on the side of it, it's still an eyesore.


but i can shift it over to the side of my vision and take in the sand and the wind and the waves and the cold, cleansing air. and they wash over me and i can breathe again.


but there is still a big knot of unresolved tensions and hard feelings and well, xenophobia, sexism, racism, bullying and exclusion. and they're piled there, seemingly impossible to untangle.


so i turn once again to the clear expanse of sand and sea and wind and winter sunshine. and let the cold freeze it all away, replacing it with calm, an inner rhythm that matches the waves as they relentlessly continue to wash ashore, not letting anything stand in their way. and i choose to take my lesson from that.

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

he is just giving you the rope. you can hang yourself or turn your eyes to the horizon, take a zip of the fresh air and another one and another one.

Lisa-Marie said...

It's been a long road to get this far in the fight for equality of all kinds, and there's a long way to go. Just as important as fighting is finding coping mechanisms. I hope the sea keeps working for you.

Bill Stankus said...

Life is just a one way trip between A and B. sometimes it isn't worth head banging against trolls who will never change. Better to nurture the innocent and play with that time between A and B.