I am excited to get into this post as the high vibes of surfing are the kind of vibes that have delivered to me some of my most memorable and epic experiences in my 39 years thus far.
When you try surfing and then consequently yield success in this dynamic and extreme sports activity, there is a sense of being and accomplishment that I have yet to seen paralleled in any activity I have undertaken. Skydiving on my 39th birthday came close but getting out into the magnificent ocean and getting yourself into a momentum and resonance with the motion of a wave’s energy is an experience that should, at the very least, be attempted in order to engage and harness a supremely high, natural vibe.
Surfing lifestyle culture has had a few conditioned beliefs and expectations in the social scheme of things. It encompasses the people, the clothing, the language and the lifestyle of all things surf. It was originated by the ancient Polynesians, peaking in the 50s and 60s ( I used to love watching those vintage Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon Surf movies) and is now a worldwide professional and recreational sport that continues to grow in popularity.
Surfing life has sometimes been associated with a beach bum kinda vibe. That has always seemed funny to me, funny, like peculiar because actually becoming successful at surfing requires a level of mental and physical acuity that is far from the lazy feels that describe a beach bum attitude way of being.
The Physical Benefits of Surfing
The upper body and core strength one gains from surfing is intense. Paddling out into the ocean takes a good amount of effort and your muscles in the back, the arms, the core all benefit and expand from this awesome activity. Paddling against the momentum of a current creates a natural resistance for strength training. You also learn very quickly how to manage, maintain and operate the energy in your body to its maximum capabilities as you will learn that there are efficient and not so efficient ways to work within the magic of the ocean and its movement. The responsible exposure to Vitamin D by surfing in the sun contributes to your bone strength as it proves to regulate the amount of phosphorus and calcium in your blood. Through experience, knowledge and understanding, you will elevate the way your body and mind understand and move in this activity. This is a cardiovascular win in terms of your heart health and expansion and a superior kind of activity to introduce to your kids as soon as they are confidant swimmers and can encompass an understanding of the power of the surrounding elements.
One of my first surfing lessons I took in Hawaii was from a dude who was also a Papa Bear. After our lesson was up, he was touring the waves with his little baby guy son who was probably more than 6months old. Some peoples reactions were ones of appallment and disbelief, but I deemed it a very good vibe as it was evident surfing and understanding the ocean was ingrained in him being a native and life long surfer. You work within the parameters of what you deem appropriate – I am not a pro surfer, so for me, I would not have the confidence to do as he did, but I am an able-bodied woman and pretty fit, so taking my little dude out in the smaller waves is a good jam for me. A life jacket adds some security for you if you are not one hundred percent assured about your child’s ability to swim in the open ocean. I will tell you though, that we as humans are very capable and have unlimited possibilities available to us in terms of what we can achieve in anything – a large part of that accomplishment depends on our beliefs, our attitudes and how we frame the reality in which we live.
The Mental Benefits of Surfing and The Emotional Benefits of Surfing
These two benefits are inextricably linked. If your mind is right, your feelings usually are too. If your mind is focused in a bad vibe it translates to how you feel. I learned the power of the mind and the power of emotions by absorbing material by Esther and Jerry Hicks and the work that MindValley and HeartMath Institute share with the world. Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton do work in terms of the coherent states of the brain and body and the nature of disease when these states are in a state of continual stress. Surfing offers a coherence of very good and high mental and emotional states and puts you in a spot that is resonant with your true nature of empowerment and regulation.
Surfing is a major stress reliever. You have no time to worry or stress about your on land worries when you are in the ocean surfing a wave. The experience is sublime and it is the antithesis to the vibe of stress. Although physically, in a way your body will endure stress, this kind is what is designed for and will yield an avenue for a more restful sleep which in turn will amplify your mental acuity and focus as a result
It has been a prescription by health practitioners for people who have mental disorders and/or psychological problems. I can attest to the effectiveness of this prescribed sport as I healed a neurological stress disorder over the period of a year and the act of surfing played a pivotal role in my recovery.
Being in the ocean, in the open water, enhances your connection to your inner essence and does not allow you to obsess over your problems or bring space to the inconsequential and anxious thought patterns that are sometimes evident in mental health issues- the very environment and the present moment to moment focus and participation that is required really does not allow for such resistant and low energies to come to the surface for you to mull over.
Being in the rhythm of the unpredictable and ever-changing ocean on a floating board summons you to respond in a state of clear mindedness and results in your emotional stability. It has a peaceful and soothing effect on your mind to the degree that I would put forth that engaging in the act of surfing is a superior way to heal any neurological or mental health challenges that require healing.
The accomplishment one feels after riding even their first wave is all kinds of sweet high vibrations. The confidence, the sense of accomplishment, the sense of self and esteem in oneself that is enraptured adds great value to the mental well-being of any individual. Even being thrashed around in the waves and being defeated by a big swell, still instills and inspires an energy of vigour and fortitude within that invites you to introduce yourself to your power within and your ability to tolerate the roughness of life.
The Spiritual Benefits of Surfing
Go out, paddle out to the ocean and wait in silence and watch the rhythmic patterns of the waves in the distance as far as the horizon. Feel the rhythm of the ocean and become one with it. When the vibe feels right, you turn yourself towards the shore and begin to paddle with vigour intending to match the momentum and speed of the surface of the blanket of moving water upon which you are moving. Once your momentum gains energy and you know this is it, this is the wave, you are going to do it, you get in that sweet spot that encourages you to intuitively pop up and drop in – I tell you that feeling has an energy and power of orgasmic proportions and puts you right into the same resonance as the Source of Creation. Look around you – there is magic everywhere and we have the good fortune to be able to play in it.
Regardless of your relationship with religion or spirituality, If you are a self-respecting person who is physically able-bodied to endeavour upon trying out surfing, it’s my encouragement that you would want to experience that kind of vibe.
More to come down the pipe (you see what I did there?) but for now, surfing is where it’s at! Be Knowledgeable. Have Fun.