HOW DIFFERENT OUR EXPERIENCE CAN BE FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT
We set off for an early morning snorkel in St. John and were the first to arrive at the small protected beach area. We waded into the warm, azure water and made the quarter mile swim out to Waterlemon Cay. The underwater world was crystal clear and showcased colorful Angel fish, lacy, purple fan coral, massive elk horn coral, green turtles, schools of blue tang fish and a host of other varied sea life. The snorkel around the cay required stamina due to the strong current constantly pushing us back. The steadiness of the sun helped guide us around the cay’s perimeter. Feeling delighted for all that we saw and somewhat tired by our efforts, it was time for the return swim to shore. Suddenly, the sun’s light disappeared and an explosion of rain pelted us as the curtain of dark skies overtook the area. So different was the underwater world in its clarity and colors from the rainy, cloud-enshrouded world above. Never had I experienced such a change in reality by simply lifting my head from the water. It made me realize how quickly things can shift from moment to moment. During the day, watch how your thoughts, emotions and sensations change from pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. Can you allow all of it to pass through, noticing these varied states while holding onto the steadiness of breath? When snorkeling, the attention on breath is central to weathering all the inner and outer changes as they unfold.