Thursday, January 13, 2011
I've always loved swimming, however recently my love has become for the swimming and the meditative effect I get while swimming.
I find myself hypnotized by the rhythmic strokes. Counting each stroke 1, 2, 3 breathe... 1,2,3 breathe. Nothing from the outside world interrupting my thoughts. I reach with each stroke, slicing through with my arms and allowing my legs to roll along behind me. No one bothers me while I swim back and forth, counting the laps watching the tiles pass under me.
Even the flip turns seem to be a part of my meditation. As I approach the wall I feel myself concentrating on a specific goal, I take a breath, and follow my body follows behind my head as I flip through the turn. My feet touch the wall and I harness all my power into pushing off the wall and I repeat the cycle.
Sometimes I'm interrupted by a fellow swimmer making chit chat, and it's not that I want to be rude, I only want to enjoy my meditation. No music, no machines beeping no chit chat. Just me and the water.