7 Quick Lessons about Abundance & Living your Dreams from Surfing
I went surfing for the first time in AGES.
Surfing makes my soul light up. When I started in 2011, I knew I had come home to a type of meditation and alignment practice that really works for me.
Yet living in the country means I’m much further away from the sea + being a new-ish Mom + moving to a new country = too many lame excuses not to be in the water! 😳
Every time I get into the water, it teaches me powerful lessons about my life, abundance and how to manifest my dreams and achieve my goals.
And I want to share 7 Lessons relevant to your Life and your Abundance even if you’ve never been into the ocean.
1. Don’t worry if you don’t catch this wave; there’ll always be another one just behind it!
How often do you worry and stress that you’ve “missed an opportunity”?
We live in an abundant universe; if you don’t grab one opportunity, there’ll always be another just behind it.
Richard Branson says: “Opportunities are like buses, another one comes every 20 minutes”
2. When waiting for a wave, sit on your board and be patient – don’t thrash about in the water, wasting your energy.
How often are you “thrashing about” doing things that make you feel busy?
Rather than just resting, relaxing and waiting for the opportunity or inspired thought and only then taking action.
(Watch this 5 min video for more about empowered waiting. It’s an old video, so I still have wings 😉 )
3. When you are on the wave, ride it with all your might and enjoy every second of it.
When you’ve grabbed an opportunity, ride it! Put in all your energy, effort and focus. Be present to what you are doing. And enjoy the ride.
4. Be friendly with the other surfers – we’re all in this together.
Life is a team sport, even though it may feel like you’re paddling alone.
Enjoy connecting with others. Ask for their help, advice and support and provide them with yours.
Celebrate and applaud them when they catch great waves. It’s way more fun when you do.
5. The more you practice, the better you get, and the more you enjoy it.
In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the theory of “10 000 hours of practice = mastery”.
In life, the more you practice, the better you get.
You can’t expect to be pro without putting in the practice. I surfed for more than 5 years before I started feeling like I was “getting it”.
The trick is that when you follow your passions and love what you do, the hours of practice feel fun, exhilarating and exciting – just like surfing.
6. The sea is bigger than you. Respect the bigger force.
You can’t dictate to the sea the size of the waves and when you want them.
Similarly, Life/ the Universe/ God controls the waves of life.
You are not in control. The sooner you realize this, the easier your surfing becomes. Your job is simply to ride the waves of life and have fun doing it.
7. When you’re tired or it stops being fun – get out of the water!
So often, we keep doing things because we feel we “should” or we “have to”.
If something stops being fun, stop doing it for a while and rest and relax.
This may be as simple as stopping your work and having a 10-minute walk outside or as necessary as taking a few weeks of holiday.
Resting and taking a break always gives one a good perspective and allows you to return with renewed, fresh energy to enjoy surfing the waves of life again!