The expression was that of delight mixed with confusion. Her tiny nose wrinkled and twisted adjusting to the tickle and the splash of the salty water. One part excitement and one part fear. She was in Daddy’s arms but well aware of the Big Ocean as a new element in her life. My granddaughter is not yet two years old and just had her first experience with the ocean and the beach. She fared well as kids do because it is a great fit being allowed to splash and be wet and then get sandy. The sun and wind on your body feels, well, it feels wonderful! Can we simply take our minds back to that point where we first experienced this? All I know is when I get there it is truly a pleasure of no other kind. Of course, there is the instinct that tells us that there is a power in the water that we do not understand. A power so strong that can pull us away from ourselves and into an unknown place. So we stay on the beach and play in the sand building and watching the tiny creatures crawl or the seagulls who want a piece of our sandwich flying down towards us. It is an amazing environment and we find it to be a most natural space. Not all people like the beach but I would say that most do. And most people associate with the childhood memories of playing and eating our ice cream or fruit. Our Mom, Dad’s and Grandparents who make sure we have our creams and hats or that we lie down to take a little nap, which is a serine time that gives the body what it needs. Then we go about walking and playing ball or it must be time to go back into the water for a big splash again. When I am tired from the waves, I can wrap up in a big towel and sip a cold drink and someone will read me a story. Maybe daddy will take me in the water again.
We humans have the capacity to grow in many directions yet there are roadblocks set up in the psyche that will deter us from this process. The mind makes sure that all is clear on the runway before it gives the green light to go forward. Sometimes, we hesitate even though we have been given the green light due to an unsettled emotion or interest when the time comes. I like to call this time Dazed. Then, there is the time of Amazed when the mind takes over for us as if it where be handled by the divine force and we need not be there until it is done. Sort of like being put asleep for surgery and then you awake to be told that all has gone well. But there is that time in life when we as humans are Dangled on the end of life as if waiting for a decision that never arrives. Did the mind forget to give the green light or to put us to sleep while making a necessary correction? What to do when this happens is something that many people need to know or they may go a long way through life before discovering the answer. Is this because the answer was there all along but the mind chose not to like what the answer was for them? Dangled is hanging from a line waiting for the connection that will make life worthwhile. A connection for one is not the same for another. Some of us yearn for a sense of accomplishment such as in a career and others will need a reservoir filled with family and friends. There are those humans who want to interpret life such as an actor, writer, artist, musician and others who will dedicate themselves to service others. All of the above is good and means that a connection has been made on earth and each can decide how we choose to use that connection based on our own individual mind, body and spirit. Whether you are Amazed, Dazed or Dangled the five senses will help you design your life by making use of sight, smell, feel, sound and touch. Balancing these so that each sense gets a turn at being present in your life will help to set the mind in place and it will take you to where you want to go. Attention to one sense such as too much taste, or feel verses finding the right mix can offset the rest of of your life. Some believe that there is a trick to life but truly it is about using all of the resources available and being honest with yourself along the way. Life is truly a wonderful gift! Enjoy.