Ocean of Abundance! A Florida Beach ReUnion!

by Joebaby on October 22, 2010

After a month away, I flew back to Florida today.

I left the vibrant cool colors of autumn and my sweetie pie back in Toronto at 4 am… I’m about to go on the road for a few weeks; Boston, Santa Fe, San Diego then Texas, and in anticipation, my body and spirit have been CRAVING an ocean immersion fix!

I arrive in long pants, sox, sneakers, shirt and sweater. The sweater comes off in the terminal, the shoes and sox come off at the curb while waiting for my ‘brother from another mother’, Jeff, to pick me up. Soon as I’m back in my humble studio, the shirt comes off, the A/C goes on and the jeans are ditched for shorts. Ahhhhhhh…

Two hours later, I’m peddling my bike to the ocean…

Its only a mile, the lone hill between me and the shore is the bridge over the intercoastal waterway. This is the first body of water I cross, then I weave thru 4 lanes on A1A, then a left turn down a quiet side street…

One block, two blocks, then thru the palm trees, I see her; shimmering turquoise blue and my heart leaps…

I pull up to the park, lock my bike against the tall slender trunk of a palm tree that I love (she’s fed me coconuts), grab my fins off the back of my bike and head for the water just steps away…

I walk across the beach, warm sand between my happy toes as my eyes scan the horizon, drinking in the vast liquid expanse, feeling my own spirit expanding out to match her…

Close in, there’s two people wading in waist deep water… Beyond them, a yellow kayaker, beyond that, a red kayak with a dive flag… He’s at the outside edge of the first reef, next to a favorite spot of mine… (I hope he leaves some lobster for me!), further out, another dive flag (he’s on the second reef), and then two more boats past that. I smile, drinking it all in as I come closer to the water’s edge, our reunion steps away…

Suddenly, just past the two people, a silver and blue Bonita tuna, about 2 feet in length, leaps out of the water, making an arch like a rainbow, colors flashing in the afternoon sun… WOW!

He hits the water and it explodes! About 8 silver, yellow and blue jacks launch themselves in every direction in response. What vitality! What abundance! Had I looked a moment earlier or later I’d have never seen it… how abundant, how blessed…

I come to the edge, toes in the salty sea, and say a prayer of thanksgiving… My love for the ocean has become reverence, entering her is an act of grace… slowly I wade in, inviting her completely inside me, appreciation of her pouring forth effortlessly… I swim out to the buoy and back, freediving and rolling on the sandy bottom, reveling in the 82 degree water. Wahoo!

I see the trail of a couple of sand dollars; I dive down, turning them over in my hand, setting them gently back down… Its good to be back, I love this place…

Slowly I swim my way to shallower water, the early evening sun angling in yellow… A flash of movement beside me, I flinch, the shadow flinches in response… Its a school of mullet, about fifty of them. They flee, my startled response too much for their edgy defenses…

Caught by the grace of their pod fluidity, I follow… Not too fast, (it’ll scare them further), just enough to slowly close the gap between us.

I send them love, waves of love, from me to them, from me and the ocean, from life to life… They slow, circle around, the biggest fish in the school swims over close, looking me in the eye… I swim alongside the school, they move closer…

Suddenly we are together, an odd coupling of sentient beings, united in mutual appreciation. My eyes are on them, admiring the beauty of their movements, every single one of their 50+ eyes are on me… I am a hunter, they are prey, but I’m not hunting now, and we mutually agree to leave that story behind us and bask in the flow of mutual love and respect.

The three biggest mullets keep swimming closer, I cannot help but think about how tasty they are! I smile, they know the difference when I’m without spear and appetite! We look deeply into each other’s eyes, recognizing that we are different only in outer form…

We swim together, as above, so below… the waves choreograph our shallow water dance, picking us up and splashing us down in unison…

I’m getting cold and the sun is setting, reluctantly I swim for shore. The shallower I get, the warmer the water gets… What’s the hurry, I ask myself, the increased warmth relaxing my shivering muscles. I tarry, floating in 2 feet of water, watching the play of sun and waves on the undulating carpet of rippling sand beneath me…

The sandy ridges move and shake with each incoming wave, the sculptor’s hand never idle… each undulation creates another flash of symmetry human hands only dream of…

Something brushes my leg and I almost LEAP out of the water! Skin rippling, I turn…

Two tiny Palmetto, oval-shaped silver sided fish with coal black fins, scurry between my legs… I kick up some sand; they dart in to inspect, looking for tiny morsels of food. I watch, enchanted, their silver sides flashing in the light…

One of them brushes up against me again… My body tingles from so gentle a touch… he swims around and under my leg,  rubbing his silver side against me again and again… a flood of ripples race thru me in ecstatic reply…

Amazed and delighted, I let my legs rest on the sandy bottom as my torso rocks in the waves. Again he undulates his body against the skin of my bare legs, moving up my thigh… I pull the open cut of my shorts close, afraid he might swim right into them! The other one joins in; like two kittens rubbing up to say hi!

I sit on the bottom, putting my torso underwater. Like a pair of dancers, together they swim up to the center of my chest, at heart level, fluttering against me, one going clockwise, the other going counter… I’m in total amazement as they each do a complete circle around me, touching.. me.. all.. the.. way.. around…

Overwhelmed by a flood of love and sensation, my mind stops.

I know these are not just ‘fish’; these are loving entities, embracing me such that a burst of joy floods out of me and into the water like a bolt of lightning…

They bob and weave, rub-a-dub dubbing up against and around my legs… I can almost hear them purring, or is it me… Its so ecstatic, I’m goofy, almost dizzy… maybe its the waves, I lie to myself, rocking in awe of the magic of their touch…

If people only knew, knew the beauty and the joy and the magic, so readily available, right here, with a mask and snorkel, with some time to slow down and simply be immersed…

The idea of doing winter family retreats on this beach returns… its a lot of work, my mind retorts, I’m already doing too many different things. The kids will love it, the ocean replies… Some people will take advantage of it, spoil the whole thing, my mind fires back… You’ll be facilitating a powerful deepening, a reunion of spirit and earth, the elements whisper…

I’ve had this dream before; organizing weeklong retreats for families right here along this very water’s edge, during the winter months when the icy winds blow up north. Give those who seek a natural connection a way to dive deeper; immerse themselves in the churning January seas… It looks like fun, yet a lot of work too, find myself tensing from the thought…

I’m reminded that I need not leave the water, I can facilitate the deepening from here, by my own deepening, my own deepening vibrating thru all of the oneness, awakening, remembering the depth and intimacy of this embrace…

Write about it, they say, share the wonder we so joyfully share with you… as I am, now, thru these words, so YOU may remember the beauty of her grace… I know you know, (you’ve swum and dove and read this far with me…), I know you feel the same movement, the same remembering, the same awakening of the divine feminine, of the oceans of life, within you as well…

Wahoo!

Joe

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