Often Rowena and I will walk through the bush belt and onto our beautiful beach. During the week it’s rare that anyone is on it so it’s a genuine getaway to walk along the waterline with the sand and sea moving between the toes. When I look around there are so many things to see and hear. The Cumberland islands that are scattered up into the Whitsundays, the clouds lazily suspended in a vacant blue sky, the gentle breeze always lingering at the water’s edge sighing quietly in the heat of a tropical summer sun and the quiet clatter of coconut palms shaking to the rhythm of the beach and the occasional sea bird seeking shelter.
When I look down in amongst the salt froth – fish, small ling alerted to my viewing scramble for deeper water en masse in some strangely choreographed dance to music which only they can hear. Then the tiny little sand crabs industriously feeding on and building the million sand balls that appear to carpet the beach for hundreds of metres as the tide goes down and which disappear as the tide comes up in a strange yet beautiful cycle of apparent futility that anchors the whole story of nature we encounter as we walk, which makes even our walking a part of that pattern.
The amazing thing about these cycles, for all the patterns that may appear, they are in a constant state of change. The beach is still there, the water is still moving, the breeze is felt, the crabs, fish and birds are doing their thing but in any second it is different. It’s like the quote from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus that you cannot step into the same river twice.
This means (according to Plato) that everything is in a constant state of change and what that calls to mind for me is the way we get caught up in our own cycles and habit patterns as we determine our own view of what is true in the world for us.
In other words, the way we shape our beliefs and then how we layer those beliefs over every experience we encounter which can cause resistance to change. And yet everything as evidenced even by our walk along the beach is in a constant state of change so why wouldn’t we work on building our capacity to embrace change rather than resist it?
Our world is dynamic and rapidly changing and while we want to hold onto what was, the great opportunity currently is like a renaissance and the chance to take what is valuable in a moral, ethical and spiritual sense and apply that to our whole of life, work and play.
Many people, including myself, have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with our home space. Yes, it took a few days and possibly for some weeks to get used to a new paradigm regarding working from home and having to learn to incorporate everything of your life into that space normally preserved for escape from work.
This is change. Change of routine, change of communication, change of roles for some, change in relationship for others but essentially just change and with that has come a gratitude and a realisation of what is truly important. What might that be for you?