I was walking along the shore the other day, collecting agate treasures and taking in the tranquility of the sea. Even with the chilly air, the sunshine felt magical against my face. It was such a gift. Watching the water creep up the shore, I was reminded of the impermanence of everything.
When I was young, we used to spend all day making sand castles, knowing that the next morning we would come out to find them washed away during the night. We did it anyway, though. It wasn’t about creating something to keep; it was all about the act of creation itself.
A few years ago, during a Yoga festival in Bali, I watched a man create elaborate mandalas out of colored sand. He was there all day long, crafting such detailed designs that I was just amazed by. At the end of the festival, people gathered around, along with the artist, and destroyed the mandalas together. We embraced the power of detachment. It was such a liberating feeling.
When we realize that nothing in this lifetime is truly permanent, a new sense of freedom envelops us. We create for the sake of the process itself. The outcome is not what’s most important anymore. We don’t feel the need to hang on to everything; letting go is just as beautiful. We can be present in the moment without thinking about the next one, or the one before it. A beautiful practice of mindfulness begins to unfold right before our eyes. This is flow.
I’ve been thinking about all the areas of my life where I’ve been blocking this powerful energy of creation. All my expectations, desires, and clinging to outcomes are coming to the forefront right now. I am seeing the patterns I’ve clung to, and am open and ready to let those go. This moment of creation is what matters most. Being in the flow of life is what moves me.
The sea is teaching me so many things. I am very grateful for her wisdom and guidance in my life right now. Beautiful Mother Nature, always here to show us what we’re ready to see, feel, and know.