The Big Everything

Navigating waves of stress in your life. 

It’s overwhelming isn’t it?  You have to go to work, you have to have a ‘job’, you need to earn a living.  On top of that you want to do something meaningful, something you love and something that gets you out of bed in the morning with a sense of promise and adventure.

We have to get dressed for god’s sake. 

And we have to feed ourselves. We have to buy food. We have to feed others. We want love. We want to be loved. We want to do a good job. We want to care for our parents, family and friends. We want to be there for our family and at the same time we try to live up to their expectations of what in means for us to be ok.

It’s big.

Amidst all of this we are happy, then we are sad, and then there are days when we just cannot believe what we have to push through to get to the other side.  Feeling anxious, feeling worried, being afraid, some of us are experiencing a low hum of dread at the core of our being.

It’s big.

Now imagine yourself on the beach.  You are standing in the shallows of the ocean with waves breaking in the distance. You turn to look toward the shore.  Suddenly water pulls the sand out from under your feet and you turn back to find yourself staring at a wave that is bearing down on you from above. You cannot run. You cannot swim to safety.  What can you do? You dive directly into the wave. 

It’s big.

And when you surface the wave has passed.  You are at peace.  Another wave will come.  But for now, you are at peace. You rode out the force of the wave because you understood the nature of the wave. You understood that it is the nature of a wave to pass.  This is what waves do. And you understand what to do with your body: how to prepare (take a breath), how to use your body (dive) and your mind (staying calm) so as to pass through the event (wave) with no harm.

In order to negotiate the force of this wave (the tantrum of a two year old, your car’s flat tire on the way to the most important meeting of your life) you need training. Experience. And you need practice. A salt waterfall enters your lungs on occasion.  You cough and splutter.  Then back to practice. There is always an opportunity to practice.

These waves are big.

But the good news is that no matter how big the wave gets the technique remains unchanged.  You prepare for the encounter.  You greet the wave.  You recognise it for what it is – a wave. Then you dive.

As humans we are always finding ourselves in the face of waves, of forces greater than ourselves.  We call these forces ‘office gossip’, ‘peer pressure’, ‘competition’.  We also call these forces ‘business’, ‘passion’, ‘anxiety’ and ‘money’. Our days are filled with waves. 

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How we navigate the force of these waves determines how we live our lives.  The big everything is an ocean of waves.  We are standing on the shore, just getting our feet wet.  Whammo.  We can approach these waves using different ways of understanding so that we are not overwhelmed.  At Nature’s Narrative we call six possible approaches to the big everything : Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space and Conscious. When we engage in these six element/chakra practices we are no longer taken by surprise (there are rogue waves after all). 

With practice, we know instinctively how to proceed.

These waves and the forces they represent come in many forms, but they are all perfectly natural. These forces of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space and Conscious are nothing unusual. You are not being persecuted.  Learning to react naturally to forces and waves and in the fullness of your own (human) nature is a matter of cultivation.

When you cultivate your awareness of your own engagement with these forces/waves there is harmony.  

Through six element/chakra practice of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space and Conscious, we have an opportunity to get into conscious relation with outside forces (elements) that come at us in the form of events. Through six element/chakra practice we also get in touch with inside forces (chakra) that operate within us and that we encounter in the form of feelings, thoughts and emotions. 

We can learn to get along with natural forces – both inside and out.  We can learn to navigate. And when we learn to navigate the forces of nature both inside and outside of us, we are not only happy but the planet is happy with us.

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