12 Feb Ebb, Flow and the Art of being dialed in, rather than disconnected
There is an ebb (tide going out) and a flow (or flood-tide coming in) in all facets of life. Sailing and being around the water is a healthy reminder to recognize such patterns and how that level of attention heightens our receptivity. Whether a youth glued to an iPad, a senior navigating the latest computer software or a top level executive caught up in smart phone wonders; we all occasionally find distraction or preoccupation consuming our sensory tools. Sensing or observing patterns comes to some more naturally but we can hone these skills with intention and practice. In sailing, the sound of water lapping against the hull is a mental trigger or a cue to our awareness of how the boat is in or out of trim. Anyone can learn to recognize the difference in sound or pitch of the wake around the hull and the correlation to speed and balance those tones represent. Taking the time to observe the ebb and flow and the sounds from your own wake is a positive step toward a healthy outlook or a higher level of performance in whatever you desire to improve.