Today I listened to “Even the Sun Will Die“, an interview with the spiritual teacher and author of “The Power of Now”.

My present moment looks like this: I am being blown off course, having spent the whole day rowing against current and across wind to achieve a scant 6 miles. I am now approaching my seventh day caught in this particular oceanic mousetrap, and am in fact further away from my destination than I was 5 days ago

So I’m doing my best to accept the present moment, exactly as it is. I am feeling a little more philosophical about it than I might have been without Mr Tolle’s spiritual guidance. I am picturing my thoughts and emotions as clouds, drifting across the sky of my mind. I am watching them float by, rather than engaging with the feelings of frustration or anxiety.


But then I fall off the spiritual wagon, and can’t help observing that a good brisk easterly would make the present moment considerably more acceptable.

Still, hey, if it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

Last night I had a squint at A Dip in the OceanSarah Outen‘s book about her Indian Ocean crossing, and notice that she looped the loop a couple of times hereabouts, which makes me feel marginally better. Not that her misfortune helps me, but somehow it’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one to have wiggled and wobbled at this stage of the crossing.

Other Stuff:

Thank you so much for all the jokes. VERY much appreciated. Who knew there were so many comedians out there?! In fact, we were so overwhelmed by the response, and we didn’t want me incapacitated by mirth, that Aimee is going to ration out the jokes and send them to me one or two per day, along with the selection of your comments that she already emails to me on a daily basis.

Molly McCallum – your email about your skydiving had me in hysterics. What a fantastic mental image! I can’t wait to see the video, although it will be hard pushed to improve on the visual that my imagination has already produced courtesy of your description. Thanks for cheering me up in adversity, and I hope to see you and Roger in La La La Pine next time I am in the US.

Quote, apropos of my repeated attempts to row out of this part of the ocean: Insanity is doing the same thing while expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)

On the other hand, I may as well keep rowing: Industry is the enemy of melancholy. (William F Buckley)

Sponsored Miles:
Daniel Gallacher, Richard Hyman – encouraging Roz to regain some of those lost miles.

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