Today was the big swim at Avalon beach on Sydneys Northern Beaches – in Guringai Homelands.
Early morning I was meditation on the beach followed by the Earth Balancing Dance. Ifelt so alive as the heavy misty salt air moved in from the Ocean and I was showered with the lighest of rain during the end of the meditation.
A feeling I got from teh meditation was that hte Big Swim was a medicine time. That is people were doing something that resulted in much good. I got that every individual who entered the water adn pushed past physical barriers, or any discomfort or even just beign in the water on the swim was demonstrating a willingness to overcome obstacles and to push the body forward and have a controlled mind.
All this going on as a group added to the ‘good work’ as many gathered toether is more powerful that individuals. Plsu there was the good will of many volunteers on the shore helping set up/pack up.
I saw those from the Surf Club setting up for the swim so I went over.
What is the Swim? – it’s an Most Sydney Beaches host a big swim once per year at this time – that is summer early new year.
So… I started in the canteen saw Tiffiny – I know her – she’s great. We did our bronze (trainee lifesaver training) together. Yes definitely I could help.
from 7am to 2pm I had a great time watching and learning how to make proper coffee from the machine. Was part of the team that greeted those at the window, took orders, delivered goods (coffee and tea that was). I met Virginia another classic Surf Club person. Happy, capable, age no boundary to anything. Virginea offered to teach Tiffiny and I how to Surf Ski, starting with the more stable kayaks. Virginea is an accomplished instructor with years of experience and an obvious joy in getting new people to feel comfortable with it.
Virginia and I cut an abundance of fruit – boxes of oranges, bananas, peaches, grapes…..
with over 628 entrance in the swim there were plenty of mouths to feed.
of many happy faces came to the coffee window – some just for water :).
After the swim ended, acknowledgments were made and the tables pack up the mist lifted, the blue sky appeared. Ancients had been with us all for the swim – it was a good day.
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