Monday 20 June 2011

Paradise on earth

Picture this:

I'm cruising swiftly through deep blue waters. The heat is delightful at 43 degrees with the cool wind blowing.
There is a crew onboard this beautiful boat that treat all visitors simply like royalty. They cannot do enough.

After sailing for a couple of hours, dangling my legs over the side and posing bravely for photos Kate Winslett style (Titanic) there seemed to be another neighbouring boat getting excited. I more like felt the energy than saw it. One man was pointing at something with such conviction that I felt sure he was doing a catalogue pose! Suddenly, I knew assuredly what the excitement was all about.

"Oh my goodness!" I screamed out loudly, "There are dolphins!"

The two boats began honking horns, the crew calling out loudly "Dolphins" And blowing whistles and stomping their feet. The dolphins loved this.....they playfully jumped through the water, circling the boats.
My children squealed in delight at what we could see before our eyes.

After they had played with our senses for a while they were gone.....
Recovering, We sailed some more.

The expert diving crew anchored the boat in the middle of the Red Sea in what I can only call Paradise. I'll use a capital P as it feels rude not to.
Hardly able to describe the feelings I felt, I will tell you a short story instead:
I was looking out at the Red Sea, watching the deep blue water change shades into a gorgeous pale blue turquoise as the water got more shallow leading up to an island in the middle of the sea. Covered by white sand, it simply looked like paradise. I would have loved to have taken a couple of models there for a photo shoot! Wow.
Most of my fellow travellers had left the boat to go snorkelling. Luckily they also swam to the island and walked up onto the sand to experience that paradise under their feet.

Beginning to feel quite overwhelmed by the sight before me, I took a moment looking out from the back of the boat and tried hard to control my feeling. It was like I was being grounded, rooted my feet into the world, the earth, this amazing country. Whatever was going on with me on a spiritual level that day, it moved me.
Leaning on one of the pillars at the back of the boat I couldn't help my eyes as they filled up with tears.
Thinking noone was watching, I was softly asked by the tour guide, "I am so sorry to disturb your thoughts, but can I please ask what the English mean when they say I am pondering?"

Obviously this was a very clever way of asking me if I was ok, without actually being as blunt as that. I felt his warmth was kind.
Deciding that he probably knew exactly what pondering was, I gave a brief explanation hoping that I could speak without the emotions I felt getting worse.

I failed.

I cried.

Happy tears? Well, yes, I believe so. I'm pretty sure what I felt was "Joy" which is the thing we should all be feeling all of the time, every day of our lives. That is the highest emotion. Everything is going to be ok, because we feel Joy.
Part of me felt a little sad. What were we doing to our world? The biggest house, the fastest car, the fattest wallet, the fattest waistband (!), the lack of time for others, dashing around all day every day, stressed, just to pay the bills. This is still never good enough for us as we always want more.
Yet, right there, at that moment in time......none of this mattered.

I was having "a moment" with the universe. It was spectacular!

The tour guy and me went on to have a very very deep conversation, speaking about lifestyles and the differences between muslim countries and Europe. How the ladies are so happy to be treated like princesses, they just look after the family. I say JUST like it's nothing much. Yet it's a hard job. Rewarding, but tough. When you work full time and expect a show home and perfect meal cooked every night before helping the children with their homework, and walk the dog, and goto the gym for the perfect body........
On the surface of things, looking materialistically, we might be forgiven for thinking these guys have less than us. Although do they? They make time for each other, respect the world and respect each other.

Tell me, who has got it right? Studying the Law of Attraction over the past couple of years, I can clearly see from that moment and that conversation that in Egypt, the locals naturally live life by the Law of Attraction. They are at peace every day while smiling thankfully. This is something I am 'practising' to get good at!

Bringing about these thoughts gave me even more access to the beauty of mother nature that day. I then jumped in and snorkelled myself, I FOUND NEMO! Amazing sight.
That evening I watched a lunar eclipse in a perfectly clear sky.

I felt the universe was telling me not to walk around with my eyes closed. There is so much to see. So much Joy to be felt. Allowing myself to feel it was a true honour.
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