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Teachings from the natural world

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

The Ocean Wave

When we take the time to look, we can gain profound insights from the plant and animal kingdoms and beyond. Natural wisdom is there to help us find balance in life and this month we look at the powerful and ever moving ocean waves.

1. Everything changes

The constant nature of change exhibits itself more profoundly in the ocean. While storms may visit, they never last, and calm waters will triumph once more.

“No man can ever step in the same river twice for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man.” ~ Heraclitus

2. Living fully means taking risks; but choose wisely

If you choose to enter the ocean you take a risk. Surfers strategically pick and choose the best waves. Swimmers chose the calmest beaches. If you don’t take risks, you will never get the ride of your life. Staying safe on the shore may feel comfortable, but you’ll miss out on the fun.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

3. Patience and persistence

Water flows and because it is persistent in its efforts over time, it can cut through the strongest of rocks, smoothing their hard surfaces. Water does not apply force; it applies persistence over time.

“A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

4. Calmness brings clarity

When ocean waves are churning up the sand and debris it’s hard to see anything. On a calm day the waters are crystal clear. Your mind is like this water when it is agitated it becomes difficult to see. If you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.

“Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain un-moving till the right action arises by itself?” Tao Te Ching

5. We are all connected

The vast ocean can’t exist without each particle of water. Rain falls and flows into streams and rivers which flow into the ocean. Each wave emerges from the ocean and retreats into the ocean. Each of us are part of humanity. We are all one small part of the greater whole.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”Brené Brown


Heather is a Mindfulness Therapist and Hypnotherapist based at the Lotus Centre for the last 12 years. With a background in Cancer nursing and pain management Heather has an integrative approach to wellness. For a free confidential assessment or appointments please call 0405 821 880

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