I allowed Nitima to transport me back to a beautiful sandy beach in Florida where we rented a house for a week, right on the beach for my sons wedding. Great memories of the fun we had on the sand and in the waves. This session reminded me of when we were body surfing...
Standing offshore in waist to chest high water waiting for the perfect wave to come so you could ride it into shore. There was always another wave coming so you could be picky as to which one you wanted.
Some crested too soon and would not take you far but would pound you as it broke, so you wanted to go under water and let them roll past you. Others were just swells and did not crest until too close to the shore, so you just bobbed up & down on them as they passed because it was too early to really ride them at all. Then there were those perfect waves... you saw it, timed it and jumped in front of it and rode it in toward the shore... Yessss!!! Good one!
As fun as that was, if you did not get up quick enough, another wave was coming to crash on top of you!
So Nitima is right on saying thoughts are like waves. It is impossible to ride each one, there are too many. So maybe we should observe them all and adjust accordingly. We may need to duck under some and let them pass by. We may need to just bob up & down with some as they pass since they are not the right one at this time. But if you are patient and vigilant you will spot a good one and choose to become one with it and have a nice ride!
This is similar to life and I kinda hesitate to say it, but you are going to get some water up your nose and probably some uncomfortable sand in your bathing suit. There are always negatives to every positive. I say it is a small price to pay for having a blast and ... it is only temporary. So make it worth it by having the best time possible. Why not Choose your best thoughts (of Love, Peace, Joy & Happiness) and ride them for for all your worth.