I was recently reading Alan Watts stating how in times of overwhelm, he would find solace in the ocean and would sit for 4-5 hours at a time, absorbing the energy of the ocean. The thing that struck me within this, was the 4-5 hours component. The healing powers of the ocean, of course. The need to sit and be with nature seems all too familiar and natural. 4-5 hours, however, had my mind jolt with the speed bumps of reading it.
Initially, I could hear indignance in my mind, 4-5 hours?? Who the heck had 4-5 hours to become at one with the ocean.
Then sadness. When did we lose alignment with ourselves and nature to modern productivity?
Then grief. When did answering emails and tending to too many different after-school activities for our children, eating a trendy diet, being a well rounded individual, contributing to society, curating a creative in feel social media feed, and trying to make a difference in this world, become such an enormous task, that we had indeed lost ourselves in the process? It seems this was lost in a few short decades.
Perhaps now it is time, that if someone speaks of needing 4-5 hours to center themselves, we wouldn’t have echoing in our minds, WTF.
Sent with love,