The Joy of Simply Swimming

by Josephine Bell, Personal Assistant, Pottsville

I’ve been staying in a hotel for about a week. Above us is an elegant rooftop swimming pool with spa and sauna facilities. Early yesterday morning I found myself feeling that a swim would be nice. It’s something I very seldom do, but this time I had even packed a pair of goggles as well as my bathers, so I was well prepared and had everything I needed for an enjoyable experience.

It felt very lovely to be swimming in the dawn’s early light above the city and to watch the skyscape change at that special morning time. But it felt even more lovely to be with myself in the pool as I experimented with some simple exercises I had learned from Simone Benhayon an international swimming instructor. As I was playing with breathing through my nose and keeping my head under the water I could feel various tensions in my body and then a melting away of a feeling of driven-ness, of moving forward, which allowed me to feel my body more deeply. But more than that, I could feel the innate joy and playfulness of just being me in my body in the water. This took me back to being a child and how I used to play for hours in various friends’ swimming pools, and the simple delight of it.

I contemplated the fact that over the years I had lost much of the joy of simply swimming, of just feeling the grace of my body in the water, and had therefore stopped doing it very often. Even when I did get into the water and swim, it had become overlaid with the sense of being another thing “to do” because it was good for me, or needed the exercise, or to be more toned, or whatever mental construct was running at the time! I could feel the mental driven-ness of that approach, its narrowness and constriction, and how that way had actually become the norm in so many areas of my life – not overtly perhaps, but it was there in the background all the same. It was a beautiful moment to fully feel just how much this way of living had closed me down to the depth and richness of life pulsing within my own body. In effect I had lost touch with the symphony of me swimming through life.

As I felt all of this and how the beauty of my own symphony was beginning to emerge once again, I also felt a deep gratitude to Universal Medicine (UniMed), Serge Benhayon, and the many UniMed practitioners who have helped and inspired me to start to open those doors in myself that had long been closed and thus find myself, after so many years, inspired to take a delicious dive in a pool on a rooftop in Sydney.

225 thoughts on “The Joy of Simply Swimming

  1. We have lost the joy of simply being. Watching children they experience so much of the world and their daily tasks with wonder and joy, they are in the beauty of themselves and they bring that in full expression to everything, even tying their shoelaces is an expression of the joy they are! It is a great conversation and something to explore more fully – our joy (or lack thereof) in life.

  2. This is a great nomination, I certainly can relate to parts of what you share, as I am sure many more people can, ‘ Even when I did get into the water and swim, it had become overlaid with the sense of being another thing “to do” because it was good for me, or needed the exercise, or to be more toned, or whatever mental construct was running at the time! I could feel the mental driven-ness of that approach, its narrowness and constriction, and how that way had actually become the norm in so many areas of my life – not overtly perhaps, but it was there in the background all the same.’

  3. As we learn to negotiate our movement in life, we seem to lose that sense of innate joy that needs nothing, and we are having to be entertained and stimulated to think that we are enjoying ourselves.

  4. The more I live in connection to and as such led by the wisdom of my body the more I am inspired by the richness of life that is possible to live and the always deepening depth of divinity we can connect to and bring to life.

  5. Simone Benhayon is second to none in supporting those who are in the pool with her to understand that how we are when we swim is a reflection of how we are in our everyday life. Not alone that but also the fact that the pool is a place to have fun and to enjoy the connection with our body as we glide through the water.

    1. Yes that first swim – well actually any swim – can tell us so much about ourselves – a beautiful way to get to know ourselves and understand what is happening for us..

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