July 9 – The Surface and the Deep – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

When under, remember the surface. When on the surface, remember the deep. 

When our days are turbulent and troubled, our challenge is to remember that the wave is not the sea. Though it pounds us, the pounding will pass. Though it tosses us about, the tossing will pass, if we don’t fight it.

Often our fear misleads us to stay in close to shore, when the safest place is in the deep, if we can get there. Any swimmer knows: Stay too close to the shore and you will be battered by the surf and undertow. We must swim our past the breakers if we are to know the hammock of the deep.

Stay on land or make it to the deep. It is the in-between that kills.

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