The way to freedom is the way of your heart

„The sea is the last free place on earth.“ Ernest Hemingway

The sea always gives me the feeling of boundless freedom. As far as you can see, only the blue horizon. For many people, this limitlessness is often a bit frightening, they feel uncomfortable because the gaze can not cling to anything properly.

But for me, there are the most different shades of blue; sometimes a smooth surface of the sea, sometimes a breathtaking play of the waves; clouds passing in the sky in unique shapes and patterns.

There are forms and patterns, something tangible in this infinite space. There is a form of individuality and uniqueness in this boundless blue.

So, if there is scope in this vastness, variations of unique possibilities that even show up because there is boundless freedom; what holds us back to use that freedom?


The wind can only create the big waves over a free surface; clouds can only pass over the wide horizon; individuality, uniqueness, which should be expressed, can only arise in a free space, in freedom.

The sea provides this freedom, creating a particular world of unique beauty, a unique biodiversity, a wonderful ecosystem.


But why do we prefer to stay in our limitations, in our borders, in our limited space?
Why are we so scared to leave these limiting rooms and to go into our freedom?
What are our limiting thoughts that always want to keep us small, that take away our self-confidence?

„There are no limits, neither for thoughts nor for feelings. It’s the fear that always sets limits.“ Igmar Bergmann

It is our mind that always misleads us to look into the past.
It is our mind that judges everything from the experiences of the past.
It is our rules and our education, what we have learned in the past.
With this baggage we judge our present.
Our mind keeps us in the experienced limits of the past.

We always look back, on the traces in the sand which we have already gone.
We don’t look forward to the unaffected sand.
We don’t look at the horizon to which we can’t hold on.
But the unaffected sand, the wide horizon is a space for endless possibilities.
It gives us the freedom to draw new patterns and shapes in the sand, to create a whole new world, to walk a path that leads to our dreams.

Life, like the sea, has unlimited possibilities.
It gives us the freedom to shape our dreams and to live them.
It is the freedom, the freedom we need to express our individuality, a life that corresponds to our true, authentic self.
It only takes a tiny spark of courage to take the first step forward, to take a first look at the horizon and over the sea.

Just stop for a moment and inhale the sea breeze, the air of freedom.
Look into the endless blue expanse and feel the wind on your face, the wind of possibilities that is the energy of the waves.
Take a first step across the sand and you create the first individual form of your dream.
Overcoming your limits, your way to freedom, is the path of your heart, your intuition.
Your mind is your limit, your intuition is the endless freedom of the ocean, your horizon of possibilities.

„Trust your heart. Value its intuition. Choose to let go of fear and open up to the truth and you will awaken to freedom, clarity and joy of being.“ Mooji

Le chemin de la liberté est le chemin de votre coeur

„La mer est le dernier endroit libre sur terre.“ Ernest Hemingway

La mer me donne toujours le sentiment d’une liberté illimitée.

Pour autant que vous puissiez voir, seul l’horizon bleu.

Pour beaucoup de gens, cet infini est souvent un peu effrayant, ils se sentent mal à l’aise car il semble que le regard ne s’arrête à rien.

Mais pour moi, il y a les plus différentes nuances de bleu; parfois une surface de mer calme, parfois un jeu de vagues époustouflant; Les nuages se déplacent dans le ciel avec des formes et des motifs uniques.

Il y a des formes et des modèles, quelque chose de tangible dans cet espace infini. Il y a une forme d’individualité et d’unicité dans ce bleu illimité.

Donc, s’il y a une marge de manœuvre dans cette immensité, des variations de possibilités uniques qui ne se produisent que parce qu’il y a cette liberté sans limites; Qu’est-ce qui nous retient alors d’utiliser cette liberté?

Le vent ne peut faire que les grosses vagues sur une surface libre; Les nuages ​​ne peuvent que traverser l’horizon; L’individualité, le caractère unique, qui devrait être exprimé, peuvent naître seulement dans un espace libre, dans la liberté.

La mer fournit cette liberté, créant un monde unique d’une beauté unique, d’une biodiversité unique, d’un écosystème merveilleux.

Mais pourquoi préférons-nous rester dans nos limites, dans nos frontières, dans notre espace restreint?

Pourquoi avons-nous si peur de quitter ces salles et d’entrer dans notre liberté?

Quelles sont nos pensées limitantes qui veulent toujours nous garder petits, qui nous enlèvent notre confiance en soi?

„Il n’y a pas de limites, ni pour les pensées ni pour les sentiments. C’est la peur qui fixe toujours des limites. „Igmar Bergmann

C’est notre esprit qui nous permet toujours de regarder dans le passé.

C’est notre esprit qui juge tout des expériences du passé.

Ce sont nos règles et notre éducation, ce que nous avons appris par le passé. Avec ce bagage, nous jugeons notre présent.

Notre esprit nous maintient dans les limites expérientielles du passé.

Nous regardons toujours en arrière, sur les traces dans le sable, où nous sommes déjà allés.

Nous ne regardons pas en avant, le sable intouché.

Nous ne regardons pas l’horizon qui ne nous empêche pas.

Le sable intact, le large horizon est un espace de possibilités infinies.

Cela nous donne la liberté de dessiner de nouveaux motifs et de nouvelles formes dans le sable pour créer un tout nouveau monde,

pour aller un chemin qui mène à nos rêves.

La vie, comme la mer, a des possibilités illimitées.

Cela nous donne la liberté de façonner nos rêves et les vivre.

C’est l’espace libre, la liberté dont nous avons besoin pour exprimer notre individualité, une vie qui correspond à notre vrai et authentique soi.

Il suffit d’une petite étincelle de courage pour faire le premier pas en avant, pour jeter un premier regard sur l’horizon et pour regarder la mer.

Arrêtez-vous un instant et respirez la brise marine, l’air de la liberté.

Regardez dans l’étendue bleue sans fin et sentez le vent dans votre visage, le vent des possibilités qui est l’énergie des vagues.

Faites un premier pas sur le sable et créez la première forme individuelle de votre rêve.

Surmonter vos limites, votre chemin vers la liberté, est le chemin de votre cœur, de votre intuition.

Votre esprit est votre limite, votre intuition est la liberté infinie de l’océan, votre horizon de possibilités.

„Faites confiance à votre coeur. apprécier son intuition. Choisissez de libérer la peur et de vous ouvrir à la vérité et vous vous éveillerez à la liberté, à la clarté et à la joie d’être. „Mooji

The sea of trust is in you

 

 

The sea is a place where we sometimes feel so small and unimportant given the vastness and size that it embodies.
But the sea is also a place where we can become aware of ourselves and find and build our self-confidence.

How can we try to strengthen our self-esteem with the help of the sea, this self-esteem, which is so important to lead an authentic life?

 

 

 

Space of self-development and security

 

We need an environment that is in tune with us, that appeals to our senses, resonating with us.
The sea can be such a place.
With its salty air, the waves and the wide horizon, it gives us peace, but also a feeling of security, a retreat where we can go to be with us and our thoughts and feelings.

This safe space does not only refer to a place, but also to an environment, a community of people.
People who give us courage, give advice and motivate us to pursue our goals and dreams.
People who help us to develop and who believe in us and our abilities, especially in situations where we are threatening to lose faith in ourselves.
People we can trust.
But before we trust others it is important that we are able to trust ourselves.

 

 

“He who has confidence experiences miracles every day“

(Peter Rosegger)

 

Experience creates basic trust

 

We can build this confidence in ourselves and in the world by gaining experience.

When we leave our comfort zone and also try something new, we get afterwards more strength and more self-confidence.

Going into the sea, for example when sailing, surfing or swimming, we can learn how it feels to deal with the elements, with unforeseen circumstances and forces of nature that are stronger than ourselves.
We can learn how to get to our destination despite adverse wind, currents and tide conditions, how to master a wave that may cause you some anxiety due to its size.

It is precisely those fears that gnaw at our self-confidence that we have to deal with.
Facing fears, leaving our comfort zone and gaining experience gives us a basic confidence in ourselves and in the world.

Later, when new fears reappear, we can remember those experiences and take them as pictures from our memories. A picture that despite fears we managed to solve the situation or the problem.

 

 

 

“Throw away your fears, rely on your inner resources, trust life, and it will reward you. You can do more than you think. “

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

The courage not to be perfect

Being by the sea also means being able to be yourself.
There is no need to present yourself perfectly or to do anything special.
Just walk along the beach, walk barefoot through the water, let the wind blow through your hair, just be yourself.

It is always good at the sea as it is, you are enough.

For self-confidence it is important to forgive your own shortcomings and mistakes, to be more compassionate with yourself.
Not everything has to be perfect to be good.
Even on misty and rainy days, we can still draw so much strength from the environment of the sea.

It takes courage to be vulnerable and imperfect, but it opens the hearts and doors of others who will feel encouraged to be vulnerable as well.
This experience frees us from the fear of not being good enough.
It creates compassion for oneself and others and leads to an appreciation of others and of ourselves.

 

 

 

„Imagine and you will achieve it, dream it and you will become it, trust yourself because you know more than you believe.“

(Unknown)

 

Be aware of your values

 

Each person is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses.
It is so important to know and be aware of them, to think about which things you can do well, or where something has worked well in the past, or if a particular problem has been well resolved.
It is also important that you focus on your strengths and how you can build and improve them, how to solve a problem or improve your situation.

If we look at the flora and fauna of the sea, we can observe the uniqueness of this marine world.
Again, every animal, every plant, every organism has a strength with which it can exist in the ecosystem.
One is a particularly fast swimmer, the other has special sensory organs with which to track down his prey, the other has optimal camouflage to ambush or not immediately become the hunter’s victim.
Organisms also enter into a symbiosis to support themselves as a unit with their respective strengths as a team.

Being aware of these individual strengths creates the foundation for self-confidence.
This inner compass, by which we act, leads with the help of the strengths and the knowledge of one’s own values to an authentic life and to a peace in ourselves.

Knowing your own values is like the compass of a boat with which you align yourself, your strengths are like the sails you set on your journey through the ocean of life.

 

 

 

„You have to set the sails in the infinite wind, only then will we feel which way we are capable. “

(Alfred Delp)

 

Follow your intuition

 

In order to listen to our inner voice, we need a way to bring our thoughts to life, even though they often circle in our heads and often consist of self-limiting beliefs, creating a sense of inferiority.

Being in the element of water can stop this thought carousel and leaves room to perceive the inner voice.

The stimulus of all senses by the sea makes us feel rather than think.
This voice that makes us aware of our dreams and desires.
You can feel if your current life still agrees with these wishes or if you should change something.
Following this intuition, trusting it to guide us on the right path creates basic trust and self-confidence.
Following this inner voice brings us into harmony with ourselves and the world.
Satisfaction arises when we follow that voice and use our minds to navigate our way, to master problems and tasks on this journey to our dreams.

The sea of trust lies within you.

You have to give yourself the space to experience it and have the courage to free it.

 

 

 

„Happiness is for those who are self-sufficient. For all the external sources of happiness and enjoyment are by nature highly uncertain, unfortunate, transitory, and subject to chance. “

(Arthur Schopenhauer)

The wide sea of creativity and lightness

 

The sea with its beauty and its wild forces of nature is a place of inspiration.

The sea is not only an energy source, but also an engine for creativity and lightness.
A lightness that is so important to lead a life that brings joy and happiness.

There are many ways and means of achieving creativity and ease, but for me, the sea is a unique place that gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in the wide sea of creativity.

 

A place of retreat

The sea offers me the opportunity to be completely for myself, to completely separate myself from the outside world.

A way to withdraw my senses, not to be distracted by other sensations that capture us in busy everyday life.

In the environment of the sea, I can focus on my senses again and withdraw into my inner space.

I can smell the salty air saturated with the smell of seaweed.

I can taste the salty seawater, hear the sound of the waves and let my eyes wander over the wide horizon.

Especially the horizon and the sea water with its blue colors of all shades brings me peace, clarity and serenity, by calming the mind with its recurrent thought spirals.

When I can dive into the sea, I experience an ease, a feeling of being carried by the sea.

When I hear only the gentle gurgling of the water and feel how the water surrounds me, this puts me in a state of concentration and by focusing the senses, the busy and buzzing thoughts are switched off.

This retreat of the sea leads me into my inner retreat, leading me to lightness and concentration at the same time, making room for new thought sparks, a spark of creativity.

 

 

 

„Only the easy carries the aesthete on gentle shoulders, but the beautiful spirit carries the weighty easily.“

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 

 

Mindfulness of your inner voice

 

The perception of one’s own sensory impressions by the sea brings me into the present moment.

It’s like a meditative state where I can get very close to my intuition and my inner voice.

It is precisely this simplicity, simply being by the sea, having nothing to do, having ease in this space and its vastness, not being distracted and not feeling alienated.

It is precisely this simplicity that leads me to be with myself again.

But also when surfing I can train my mindfulness.

Focusing on the incoming wave and paddling the wave requires the highest concentration.

When I surf the wave, I am in that very instant, intensely experiencing that one moment, and this releases the mind, free from fears and self-doubt, free again for new ideas.

Mindfulness is coming back, I can pay attention to my feelings and needs.

I can ask myself what I need right now to feel good and happy.

Often it is difficult for me to perceive the answers to this question in everyday life with its tasks and duties, to feel what is good for me and what does not.

The sea makes it easy for me to get back into this mindfulness and to hear my inner voice, to hear what creative impulses it gives me.

 

 

 

„Our true home is the present moment.“

(Zen wisdom)

 

Playful lightness

 

The movement of swimming and surfing immersed in the element of water triggers a childlike joy in me.

A pleasure to just do things without having any particular benefit or meaning without commitment.

This playful lightness lets all tension drop off.

I feel alive, free and easy.

This joy, this feeling of happiness gives free rein to ideas and thoughts.

It’s like a recreation, a source of energy for the mind.

It uses a creativity that comes from the deep inside and can find a way, through the wall of self-limiting thoughts, to reach freely the surface.

To observe this playful lightness is also with the dolphins.

With their jumps out of the water they show their play and communication behavior.

Dolphins sometimes even do wave surfing, and their curiosity can make them play with people in the presence of divers and swimmers.

 

 

 

„Become again like an astonished child discovering the world. New every moment. “

(Tibetan proverb)

 

Structure and frame

 

To capture the ideas, I also need a structure, a framework.

Something where the mind can moor.

Of course, it is a bit more difficult to create this framework at sea because of the vastness of the landscape.

But by closely observing the coastlines and the flora and fauna, it can be seen that there is also a structure there, such as the construction of rock formations, seaweed or shells, which often have a symmetrical structure with their shell.

When going for a walk on the beach, I like collecting shells and looking at their different shapes and colors. This is also a good mindfulness exercise.

But not only the spatial structure, but also certain routines give me the framework to sort my thoughts.

This can be done in regular exercise, which I set at certain times firmly in the daily routine, such as swimming, surfing and beach walks which can express the structure of the day.

A structure that is important to me in order to get involved in the implementation of my ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange of ideas

Important for one’s own creativity is the exchange of ideas with others.

When I have retreated by the sea and my ideas have been washed out from within, it is a great enrichment to share and communicate these ideas with others.

Other perspectives and other creative ideas can lead to greater effectiveness and potential in the community.

Even whales and dolphins seem to communicate with each other through sounds and specific swimming behavior.

Where to find food, where is there danger?

Ideas need to be developed alone and in solitude, but to improve and enrich them communication is often a great help.

 

 

Creativity is a lonely process that requires curiosity and ease, as well as mindful observation and focus.

The sea is a place that creates an environment, a framework in which my intuition, my inner voice can be heard.

A place where ideas come to the surface.

The sea is a place where I can regain my playful ease, which helps me to find my happiness and my joy.

 

 

„Only that which truly comes from us in freedom, holds the soul really and truly.“

(Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling)

The slow steps on the path

 

The sea gives us many amazing examples of the need and benefits of sometimes slowing down our steps and getting on with more peace, perseverance and mindfulness.

We believe that our projects can only be realized with great effort, efficiency and speed.

But often slowness and quiet are the key to getting on your way.

Sometimes we even have to go back a few steps, take a closer look at things, recapture individual aspects, rethink and revise them.

When we do everything in a hurry, we miss many important details and clues that might be important to us.

 

 

 

 

„The slowest who does not lose sight of his goal is still going faster than the one who wanders aimlessly.“

(Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)

 

-A good foundation

 

Of course, to get going, we need a goal, which we can focus on.

And in order to achieve that goal, we should create solid planning and a good foundation.

How can we achieve our goal?

What do we need on the way to get there?

How can we build a foundation of strength so that we do not get lost in the first difficulties?

One can look at e.g. looking at mussel beds. The mussels adhere to rocks with special adhesive threads and thus they have the opportunity to filter food out of the water without being washed away with the surf and the strong current.

On their foundation they are slowly gaining in size and forming whole mussel beds.

Also in the formation of coral reefs, we can observe this slow foundation and adhesion.

The coral polyps can absorb calcium and carbonate from the seawater and then form a limestone scaffold, creating reefs that can contain living colonies of more than 1,200 years.

We also need a good foundation in ourselves and an adhesion to our strengths and abilities to withstand adverse circumstances and that we are not washed away by them.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to take sure steps, you have to do it slowly. „

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 

-Support by community

 

Often, however, we do not manage to get ahead on our own, but we need help or a specific environment, people who accompany and support us for a while on our journey.

Also, to build good and helpful relationships, we need to take time.

The ecosystem in the coral reef is also a good example of a symbiotic community.

The coral polyps live in a symbiosis with unicellular Zooxanthellae. The polyp provides the Zooxanthellae in their interior with protection and the Zooxanthellen supply the polyp through photosynthesis with nutrients.

Many fish find food in the reef and nourish on the reef itself. Fish also ensure that algae growth does not overgrow the coral reefs and in turn they serve predator fish as food.

We also get to our destination faster and better with the help of others, because they can help us to learn certain skills or they protect us from dangers and give us clues we would not have seen on our own.

But to build such relationships, it takes time.

Time to grow trust and the time to bring in our own talents and abilities, so that we also can be of help to others.

 

 

 

 

-Go other ways

 

Sometimes we are also thwarted by circumstances we can not change.

Obstacles are in our way so that we have to deal with them. Then we need new solution and strategies and at the same time we should not lose sight of our goal.

You can compare this to navigation while sailing. The course is marked out but due to unfavorable wind conditions you can not reach your destination on the planned course.

So you have to try to reach your destination port through course changes and longer tacks. Although this takes longer, but by accepting the given circumstances and by a new orientation you still get to your destination.

On the changed course, we can make new experiences and gain new insights that we would not have experienced on our planned path.

 

 

 

 

 

„If you are not patient in small things, you bring the great projects to failure.“

Confucius

 

-Time for recreation

 

Often it is also good to slow down your steps, just let yourself drift, let things come to you.

If we tackle our plans too tightly and hard, we put too much pressure on ourselves, we lose our energy and have to give up even before we reach our goal.

Sometimes things also fit on their own or with more ease. It is only important to develop trust in yourself and in the world, a belief that it will run out in a positive way for us.

Only when we slow down everything and take the time for ourselves, when we deal with things that make us calm, can we recharge our batteries to continue on our way.

If you look at the jellyfish which are drifting by the wind and the ocean currents, they will find the food they need on their way, without much effort.

With peace and patience you often get much further and also the own energy reserves are spared.

 

 

 

 

 

„Everything difficult has its origin in the lightness and everything big in the small.“

Lao Tzu

 

-learning skills

 

Furthermore, we always need a certain amount of time to build up or improve certain skills. Only if we do something slowly, concentrate, we can learn new skills.

Often it is the small details that make a big change and make you move forward. We just have to take a closer look at these things.

It is also important that newly learned processes take time to be processed by us and to consolidate them, so that they can be used at the right moment.

The lobster is e.g. a slow animal, but has developed through the proper use of the scissors and antennas a sophisticated hunting technique, so that the slowness is no shortage.

The lobster can use his scissors and legs optimally as tools. With the larger scissor, the lobster can open his prey, the smaller scissor holds the prey.

Also, the second and third leg pair have small scissors, with which the lobster can work on the prey. In addition, the lobster has a strong tank, which develops slowly and is adapted to growth by moulting again and again. It offers the lobster optimum protection.

What we learn along the way, what we experience, what we undergo and whom we encounter makes our live so rich and exciting.

 

 

 

 

Whether we reach our goal or not, we keep evolving. It is important that we never lose the joy and ease on our way.

We should just really go out, not stand still, slow down the steps or maybe go back a few steps, deal with obstacles, but we will always discover new things on the way and enrich our live and the lives of others.

 

 

 

 

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.“

(Henry David Thoreau)

 

The farewell and the new beginning

Sometimes we are at a point in our life when we realize that it’s time for a change.
A diffuse feeling that something isn’t really in harmony at the moment between our thinking, feeling and acting.

This could be the time for us to consider whether we should let go of certain things in our lives:

Old things which weigh on us, old patterns of thinking and behavior, relationships and past events.
All the things that keep us from developing, preventing us from being happy and living a life that suits us, and above all, letting go of these things which prevent us from reaching our full potential.

 

„Letting go: putting something down without having to consider it a defeat.“

(Henriette Wilhelmine Hanke)

 

 

 

 

Letting go is a process that is incredibly difficult because it exposes us to our inner fears and blockade and causes us to deal with our past.
A past in which we loved so much, but which is also marked by loss, anger, grief and sometimes very painful events.
All of these things we undergo again when we deal with our past.

Why should we expose ourselves to this process?

Does this makes sense?

How can the sea help us?

 

I believe that it is worth the effort, because the process of letting go leads to more inner freedom, to more self-acceptance, to more compassion and understanding, both to ourselves and to others, and ultimately it is also an important component to help us how we can live an authentic life.

In this process and with our individual steps to an authentic life, the sea can support us, to make it easier for us to go this way.

 

 

 

 

How do you start letting go?

As you take a look inside of you.

Helpful to get on the track are questions such as:

What do I have for thoughts and situations that burden me, that constrain me, that hold me back, put me in a bad mood, what hurts, what makes me angry and where am I afraid of something?

Then the important question:

Do I want to feel like this in this situation?

Does my feelings holding me back in this situation, or is it even counterproductive?

For most negative thoughts, we come to the conclusion that they are not helpful and we even sabotage ourselves.

 

„Life can only be understood backwards, but can only be lived forward.“

(Søren Kierkegaard)

 

 

 

 

In this inner dialogue, when we dealing with our past and our blockade, the sea can help us to achieve greater inner peace and clarity.

The view into the vastness and the horizon brings us into a calm mood, so that we can better sort out our thoughts.
In addition, the sea, with its vastness and also with its almost unimaginable depth, puts everything into a different relation.

On the other hand, with our worries and problems, we seem so tiny and small that many things appear in a different light and no longer so significant.

Watching the waves and tides, you can see how traces are washed away in the sand, how rocks and stones are washed around, everything is virtually washed clean.

But even the sea itself lets go of things by flushing it to the beach or letting it float with the current like flotsam.

We also let our ballast pull away when we let go.
We can symbolically pass our thoughts and the things we want to let go to the sea.

You send them down into the depths, let them drift away from the current, or even let them wash off from the waves.

 

 

 

 

We should let go in peace, that what we have wished for, what we did once, what our dreams and goals were, what we have been dealing with.

There is the realization that there was a time when these things were useful and right, that brought us further in personality development, but that we have now outgrown them.
With the experience we have gained, we have learned new skills and we may be able to use them to do better in the future or to develop new ideas.

The sea also lets substances slide down into the depths.

There they are then decomposed by organisms and the resulting substrate is used in turn for new organisms to grow.

Even in the sea, everything is in motion and subject to construction and dismantling processes.

We can also let go of the old, but sometimes use a part, an experience, to build something new.

When we separate ourselves from the old, there is always room for new things.

Our hearts are open and we are ready to receive new experiences and ideas.

 

 

 

 

Letting go always means saying goodbye, which of course is always painful.

The sea can give us comfort.

It clears our minds, gives us a meditative calm, and shows us that everything is always changing, but at the same time there is consistency.

The waves and tides are a good example.
The power of the waves and the tides also bring about changes on the coasts, but are at the same time in their coming and going like a constant.

 

 

 

 

After releasing everything you feel emptiness, when all the energy that has accumulated is now discharged.
Like a wave that carries the wind energy in itself, until it breaks through the friction with the seabed and gives off all its energy.

You feel free.

There is space created, room for new things.

You can refill this space.

But it’s also good to take some time to say goodbye and keep your heart open for the new beginning.

The old slowly retreats, like the sea recedes at the onset of low tide and it is just as slowly filled with new, as the tide slowly flushes the water to the beach.

 

 

 

 

„Sea

When you come to the sea

one should start to be silent

at the last blades of grass

one should lose the thread

and the salt foam

and the sharp hiss of the wind

breathe in

and exhale

and inhale again.

If you hear the sand sawing

and the shuffling of the little stones

in long waves

one should stop to should

and want nothing more

only sea

only sea. “

(Erich Fried)

The courage to change

The coastal landscape is shaped and created by the sea, the wind, the water and the waves.
The rocky coasts appear as something so solid, immutable and lasting.
High cliffs fall steeply and massively into the sea and look like a castle, which faces the sea.
But they are permanently exposed to the elements and even the smallest forces are able to deform the rock.

You can divide the coastal forming processes into three categories:

1. Constructive processes: this includes, for example: lifting of parts of the earth’s crust, volcanization and erupting lava, which can form new sections after cooling.

2. Protective processes: here, for example, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, mangrove forests and coral reefs protect the coastline from erosion.

3. Destructive processes: these include rockfalls, surf erosion, calving and melting of glaciers.

 

 

 

We are also constantly exposed to the storms and elements of life and are shaped by them in our personality.
Our fears and inner critics are part of our protective processes.
They want to save us from danger, but leave us in our comfort zone, so that we can’t grow and evolve.

If we don’t step out of our daily routine, we won’t learn anything new, our comfort zone will be even smaller and then we will tend to do only the habitual.
Even if we don’t listen to our own inner voice, but only to the opinion and imagination of others, we don’t develop any further.
Sometimes we even lose skills, become narrower in our perceptions and lose our openness.
These are then destructive processes of our personality.

Solving difficulties and problems, learning new skills, coping with fears let us emerge from our comfort zone and make us develop and grow, gain strength, learn new skills, expand our repertoire of tackling problems, continue to build our personality.
This is then a constructive growth of our personality.

 

 

 

 

„Fear is the other half of courage.“

(Reinhold Messner)

 

 

Through small changes, small steps, we can change our bad habits which sometimes seem to be carved in stone.
It doesn’t always require the great storm, the great forces.
Over time, little impulses are enough to make a big change.

Why is it so hard for us to leave behind old habits that are no longer useful?
Why do we sometimes remain immobile, like a rock in the surf?
But isn’t this rock shaped by the power of the water and the waves?

At the beginning we often lack courage.
We prefer to stay in our comfort zone, in our habits.
There we feel safe, there we believe we have everything under control.
But the gales of life are also gnawing at us, and we can’t control these circumstances.
These experiences and events in life, people who we meet, also form us.
In small steps, such as the continual influence of the elements on the coasts, we also can make a difference, shape something, inspire other people.
We only need this courage, these initial impulses to change something.

Even if we can’t do it perfectly, if we make mistakes, fail, we will learn from those experiences.
And the more experiences we make and the more we fail, the more we will move towards success and grow in our personality.

 

„Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness in the end.“
(Demokrit)

 

 

 

Sometimes the ocean needs a long time to form these incredible coastal landscapes.
But through the steady influence the ocean manages to create these magnificent landscapes.
If we want to change something, then we should do it in small steps, so that we don’t flinch from these tasks.
We should do this in small steps so that the situation don’t seem to be insuperable like an unsurpassable wave that builds up in front of us.
Small steps, small drops are enough.
These should be steady and incessant.
Always a little further, until the first grains of sand come off and the stone starts to crumble.

 

 

 

Have courage to risk the change!

 

„Not because it’s hard, we don’t dare, but because we don’t dare, it’s hard.“

(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The fear as a way to freedom

Sometimes the sea shows its power and strength in an impressive way.
When high waves come towards me, like insurmountable forces of nature, it puts me for a moment in a crippling fear.

A fear that briefly freezes me and makes me hesitate for a moment.
A strong uncertainty that comes up and I am unable to act properly and consistently.

Especially at crucial moments, when i have to master the wave with all my strength, in which I can not hesitate.
And then this fear comes.
I am not able to ride the wave and the wave will drag me down.

 

 

 

 

Fear pulls me into the depths of my emotions and lacks clarity and focus.

Why does this fear hold me back, even with the things or maybe especially with the things I love and like to do?

This fear, which makes me unable to decide clearly and unable to act consistently.

Why do I want to escape from this fear?
Why do I avoid that feeling?

 

 

 

 

It is such an important and meaningful feeling.
It alerts us to dangers.
It is a protective mechanism.
It makes us particularly focused in dangerous situations, sharpens the senses and puts the body in the highest alert and motivation.

But sometimes it rolls over us like a wave and leaves us paralyzed and incapacitated.
That’s the fear that I would rather escape from.

 

 

 

 

It is important to me to realize that fear is a signal, that something is especially important to me, that it means a lot to me and that I am afraid of losing it.

Because our mind would rather leave us in the familiar, in the situations that we know and we want to preserve the things we love.
Therefore, the fear signals that we are leaving our familiar and appreciated terrain.

But behind this fear is the growth, the challenge, a liberation from self-limiting beliefs, new experiences and freedom.

 

 

 

 

How can I deal with this fear?

I should accept the feeling, acknowledge that it has a protective function.
I realize that this feeling is not bad in itself.
And most of all, if the situation allows you to mentally step back and it allows you to think about what action options you have, try it, take small steps and approach the fear.

In dealing with fear, the sea has taught me a lot and especially surfing.

When I go surfing, it sometimes means that I learn to accept that the ocean is stronger today and I learn to accept the given situation.

On some days I also see the waves as a challenge to grow.

If I have managed to meet this challenge then I have the feeling that I can regain some of the strength of the sea.

 

 

 

Therefore, consciously go where your fear is.

It gives you clues about where your heart is, what is meaningful to you, and overcoming the fear leads you to freedom.

Hope is on the horizon

To experience the dawn by the sea is something very special.
The early morning is pure, fresh and clear, like the air and the water.
The change of light, the play of colors in the sky, when the first rays of the sun flash through the darkness, gives the sea a very special atmosphere.
An atmosphere which is very intense, peaceful and quiet.

The morning is a fresh start for me.
A beginning of a new day, but also a beginning of a possible change and a hope that bad events will turn out well.

 

 

Every new day, every morning can be a new beginning.
If I want to change something in my life, I like to use the morning for the first impulses and first steps.
Especially in the morning you have the opportunity to be alone.
The head isn’t full of thoughts, but there is a meditative silence like it is in nature.
I can fill that silence with a joy, just by watching the sea or by surfing or swimming.
Often, by being in the water, I get creative ideas and solutions for problems that seemed to have gotten stuck on the day before.
And the I look at them from a different perspective.

This atmosphere, the changing play of colors and the cold and fresh sea breeze, gives me peace, strength and motivation.
Sometimes it’s just pure joy and pleasure.
A pleasure to be part of this world.
Just enjoying the moment.

 

 

The morning is the time of the day that is still unencumbered.
Here I can provide myself with the energy for the day.
I feel like having all the options left.
Everything that has burdened me the day before is a little smaller, lighter or has completely disappeared.
When everything awakens, it is like awakening one’s own thirst for action, to embrace change, to reinvent yourself from time to time.

I sense the dawn as a brief pause of nature.
And so it is with your own thoughts.
A calm and clarity.
And like the first sunbeams, the first fresh, positive and constructive thoughts come up.
With the first rays of sunshine hope arise, the proverbial silver lining on the horizon.
The hope that a solution can be found for everything.
The confidence that it will be good and that I can give my life a new direction at all times.
I also see an opportunity to deal with difficult situations.

 

 

Morning is a gift, a wonderful spectacle of nature, source of strength and inspiration, the possibility of a new beginning and the joy of life.
Morning is the awakening of hope for a life that can be redesigned again.

 

 

„When you wake up in the morning, remember what a precious treasure it is to live, breathe and be happy.“

(Marcus Aurelius)

The magic of the moment

Surfing is for me a way to be completely with myself.
Whenever i have overwhelming thoughts, when they circulate in my head again over and over again, worries, fears and self-doubt, then surfing brings me back into the here and now.

When you surf, you have to focus on the incoming waves, on the conditions, you don’t have time to focus on anything else.

Sometimes you have to react very quickly, if you want to get a wave.
You can’t hesitate and then, in that one moment, you have to use all your strength to paddle the wave.

 

 

You are completely with yourself, your senses are tense, focused and then, by your effort, you suddenly experience a feeling of lightness, weightlessness and freedom.
Right now in this moment, there is a presence, you feel at ease, everything else around you becomes very small and blurry.

You feel born, sheltered.

There is no fear.

There are no doubts.

You feel free.

One with you and the sea.

 

 

 

You can not influence how the waves come at you.
You can only try to focus on this one moment.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you can’t get that wave.
Maybe the wave will go under you or the wave will pull you deeper into the water, and you get hurled as if you are in a waching machine.

Then you try it again and again.
And eventually you accomplish to ride this wave.
The wave will take you along.
You experience the magic of the moment.

Free from all worries, fears and self-doubt, just yourself, free and alive.
This liveliness and freedom that makes you addicted.
You want to experience this again and again.
What you always strive for.
This moment that gives you everything.

 

 

Thank you, Ocean, for the magical moments!

The breath of the sea

When you are on the beach, you can watch the change of the tide in a wonderful way.
What was land before, is suddenly flooded with water, and so, this rhythm continues like inhaling and exhaling.
Not static, but in small movements always back and forth.
The tides aren’t only created by the gravity between earth, moon and sun, but also by the centrifugal forces, which are caused by the rotation of the earth.

So everything is in motion or as Heraclitus put it:
“ Everything flows !“
Everything is in a constant change and Heraclitus continues: „We can not climb twice in the same river.“
He meant by that, as time went on, more water has flowed past and we have also changed ourselves simultaneously.
For many, this constant change and transformation is very depressing.
But couldn’t it be also consolation?

 

 

Heraclitus continues that there is for him a unity of the opposites.
Day and night, winter and summer, ebb and flow, etc.
Only through the opposites the other side make sense.
This tension creates something new.
If we didn’t have these opposites, there would be a standstill and that means death.

 

 

For example, considering traces on the beach, when they disappear when the tide sets in, then on the one hand you have a picture of the transience, but on the other hand you have also a picture of the recommencement.
When the water has receded, there is new, untouched sand in front of you, that can absorb new traces.
This new beginning becomes possible only through the forces of the opposites.
And in this possibility lies a great energy.

 

 

So the tides can be a symbol of a new start.
No matter in what situation you are, a new beginning is always possible.
We just have to take advantage of this energy, the change.
To use them as a creative force to set constantly new traces and also to change the direction.

 

Only when we exhale and when we let go of the old, we can breathe in and absorb new things!