The deep blue sea is a universal pool of wisdom, as I see it. It is exciting and humbling, with terrifying depth and a vastness that escapes any one view. Here’s a little wisdom from the sea, as I see it (and maybe you’ll see it from a whole different view, which is wonderful, too).
“She loved the sea. She liked the sharp salty smell of the air, and the vastness of the horizons bounded only by a vault of azure sky above. It made her feel small, but free as well.” – George R. R. Martin
The deep blue sea is home to so many spectacular life forms, much of which escapes our current capacity for true depth of knowledge. There’s a lot we now know, there’s a lot we don’t know, and it’s all a fascinating cause for curiosity and awe.
To me, the sea is a source of profound wonder and unnamable emotion; it is appreciation met with power and chaos met with grace, where worldly limitation is touched by the splendor of divinity. It’s hard to explain, but there are still a few pearls of wisdom from the sea I can attempt to express.
Don’t be afraid to go deep into your own heart, to be in awe of being alive, and to humbly accept—even embrace—what you don’t know. Things aren’t always as they seem to be, and if they are, they’re sure to change, just like the tide.
4 Pearls of Wisdom from the Sea
1. We must experience some things in order to understand them.
When I gaze out over open water, I’m reminded that there is much I don’t know because I haven’t experienced it…
It can be a painful thought because as humans we’re so fixated on knowledge, achievement, and success in terms of accumulation. What it truly is, though, is a powerful revelation of the soul: you don’t need to logically explain everything in order to sit with it.
Some things—many things, I suspect—must be experienced first-hand in order to be known at all, and until we do know these things, we might find a certain serenity in being humble about them.
Adventure doesn’t necessarily mean that we travel the depths of the sea and the breadth of the land while we’re in this lifetime, but it could mean that we embrace the spirit of curiosity and awe wherever we go. In other words, we don’t need to figure it all out with our heads; we need to open our hearts to what’s here, and to what we don’t know.There are just some things that cannot be known through words; they have to be lived. Click To Tweet
2. Everything is alive and not as it seems.
Our bodies are in a constant state of recycling; from the moment we’re born into this body, we are constantly experiencing bouts of cell die-off and regeneration. We’re continually changing, and we’re more fluid than we seem to be—more than half of our composition is water.
We are like miniature oceans walking around on land; we’re bodies of water, to be sure.
Everything is alive—in motion, changing, vibrating, pulsing—even if it doesn’t look like it is. Just like the sea is brimming with boundless life, so are we and the lives we’re experiencing. There’s more than what meets the eye; our five senses cannot capture the whole picture of Life.
The sea teaches me to cease fighting the flow that is already flowing, and to let the energy of life flow through me with as little resistance as possible. There’s power in embracing the natural cycle of energy that is life.To strive against change hinders our own capacity for living life anew. Click To Tweet
3. Be still and know.
To find out what’s going on deep down inside—what we really want, what we need to do next, who we are—we can look to the sea for some guidance: Still waters offer clarity. We need stillness to get clear on the answers.
Like a calm breeze encourages calm waters, we can encourage ourselves to slow down with steady breathing. Through meditation, prayer, mindfulness, or silently greeting the place where the water meets land, we can soothe the waters of our own body and gain clarity.
If you want the answer, stop trying to figure it out and just be still. Be okay with the not knowing, and soon you will know. Then, when the winds start blowing and the storm comes, you can stand (or float) in the eye of the storm with this knowing, and so all will be well—you will become the eye of the storm.Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being. – Rumi Click To Tweet
4. Letting go can be the most empowering thing you do.
Society teaches us to be fascinated with controlling things—everything from the timing of a birth to the sequence of our entire life experience. The sea is a powerful force of nature, and it reminds me that I cannot control nature, and I don’t need to.
Some days the weather might be favorable, and others adverse. We experience peaceful days and others that we’d rather not have experienced at all. Sometimes it is circumstance that plays the leading role, and other times the manner of our approach dictates how the day goes.
When life seems to be propelling us forward, we can either fight and toil or swim with the current (and we know what each of these feels like—one is exhausting, the other feels like freedom).
Our lives tend to be a delicate balance of holding on and letting go, and if we’re aware of the dance, we can consciously join it more often. Surrender isn’t a bad thing, but a liberating decision to be at ease with life.When we relinquish control of what we never needed to control, we get to enjoy the ride. Click To Tweet
If you love Mother Nature, too, you might enjoy her seasonal wisdom (through my eyes, of course):
- If the fall leaves were our teachers
- Priceless words of advice from a snowflake
- 5 healing lessons flowers can teach us
Please share your own pearls of wisdom from the sea, what you love most about visiting great “bodies” of water, and any inspiring or enlightening stories with me in the comments.
Share these pearls of wisdom from the sea with someone who’d understand.
If you stop and look around, you might notice a steady stream connecting you to everything else in it. Stop, look, and listen.