Putting love of the water into practice…
Swimmers often talk about their love of water. But one way or another we fight the thing we love.
With family members, for example, if I work a bit harder at using the energy of love, I might be less selfish, more tolerant, a better listener.
I love the water for its consistent support. When I let it take me, it always helps me to release and expand. I just need to remember that this is what I want.
As in the home, we can use the energy of love in the water, as a way to direct ourselves.
When you’re learning to swim, you have to learn to trust the water to support you. This is both an emotional and a physical thing but too often we emphasise the physical (What do I have to do?). If you go into the water with an attitude of love, give yourself to it, soften into its support, trust it, you’ll make friends with it and have a friend for life.
An old Alexander Technique teacher told a trainee, ‘If you can’t put hands on pupils with direction, do it with love.’ It’s a useful message because it keeps things simple and prevents anxiety.If you love water, see if you can put your love to practical use, next time you go for a swim. Make sure you’re not fighting the water, or yourself. Let it support you so you can breathe. Give yourself to the water and swim with love!
This kind of work might be useful preparation for increased contact with friends and relatives at Christmas. But when human relationships are challenging, the water may provide a refuge. Our relationship with the water is one we can always get right.