Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Comforting words from Liz Gilbert, and more...

Elizabeth Gilbert, the famous author of the bestseller,  Eat, Pray, Love,  wrote something beautiful on her Facebook Page. 

I am sharing her post right here, because it is too precious not to be shared, specially that I know it will make a difference in your life, the way it did in mine. 

Wherever we are in our lives right now, whether we are smiling with the sun, or weeping under gray clouds, Liz's words will give us an idea, where to run to when we feel we are treading a downhill course, when we feel that the climb is too steep for us that taking just one small step feels like carrying iron balls tied to our feet through chains, and how to heal ourselves, when we are deeply wounded. 

 "Go to the Water"
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Years ago, when I was going through a really hard time, a friend of mine who was a naturalist gave me some beautiful advice about how to best take care of myself.

He told me, "When an animal in the wild is injured, it has only two strategies for how to heal itself: It can rest or it can go to the water. Right now, try to do as much of both as possible."


And then go to the water.

Drink the water. Submerge yourself in the water. Touch the water. Look at the water.

Then go back to sleep.

Repeat as necessary, until healing occurs.

Sometimes, I forget these two magical principals, how to rest, and how to go to the water.

Then I get overwhelmed by life's challenges, and I trick myself into believing that I need a much more complicated cure than your average wounded animal. And sometimes I do need a more complicated cure, I guess.

But not usually.

Usually sleep and water will do the trick.

It always reminds me of that Isak Dinesen quote: "The cure for everything is salt water: tears,sweat, or the sea."

This morning - after a good night's sleep - I went to the water. Here is a photo I took this morning of my feet dipping into my old friend, the Atlantic Ocean. She has never let me down yet, and she didn't let me down this morning either.

(That said, when the ocean is not available, a long hot bath will work. Or a cold shower. Or standing naked under the garden sprinkler, which has been known to change the energy of a day as well! As a final resort: Just drink 8 ounces of the stuff...whatever it takes. Get thee to the water, people.)

Just rest, and go to the water.

It's all gonna be alright.

That's what the water always tells me, anyhow.
And I believe in the water.


ONWARD, and be good to you,

On the other hand, I believe we should also go to the water when we are at our happiest. Personally, the beach for me represents a treasure trove of memories. There, in the beach, I was at my happiest, and in those moments, I was surrounded by family and friends, people I love and who love me back at the same time, no matter what. 

Mama took this photo while I was testing the cold waters of Miami Beach in Florida.

A realization dawns on me that "water" will always have a role in both our happiest and saddest moments. 

We shed tears when we are sad, yet we drink and try to drown ourselves in our merriment when we celebrate. Well-wishers applaud a newly married couple who drinks wine together during a wedding reception. In a gathering or celebration, there will always be someone who would lead and want to make a toast.

The situation may be different for others who cry and drink at the same time during moments of despair. 

We go out of our way, brave distances, in order to bask in scenic beaches.  While others visit the beach to reminisce memories of a lost love, or to simply forget the cruelty of the world,  and yes, to heal. 

We are even forced to drink bitter concoctions or syrups or suspension, to achieve cure and freedom from illness. 

Athletes and athlete-wannabes sweat hours of training, not minding the sacrifices they have to make, and the indescribable discipline they have to maintain and adhere to. Yet, when they sweat in the very day of the race, their sweat couldn't be more sweet. It is in fact the sweetest of all especially when they reach the finish line. 

Water, therefore, is not only essential in maintaining life. It plays an intrumental role in every aspect of it. 

Get thee, therefore, to the water. 

Frolicking at Patong Beach in Phuket.

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