“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.”~ Patrick Swayze

Source: Soul Surfing

Surfing has more high-risk variables than other sports. Breaks change, swell directions alter the shape of the wave, the size of the swell varies and wind direction affects everything. Surfing has more moving parts than and because of that it requires the same laser pinpoint focused concentration to ride a wave as it does to meditate.

Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg found that the right parietal lobe — the part of the brain that allows us to orientate ourselves in space — stops accepting information in and stops putting information out during moments of intense concentration. Because it’s the part of the brain that helps us separate self from other, when this portion of the brain is shut down, if you demand an answer from it and say ‘Where am I right now?’ it has no other option but to tell you that at this particular moment, you’re one with everything. Everyone is hardwired for this experience, so it’s not just surfers.

Sitting out on the water is being able to connect with that primordial rhythm in a wild and ever-changing extraordinary dance. We’re dancing with something that’s very alive, that’s in this moment, and that as human beings we can’t control.” Not only does surfing “vibrate us to a higher frequency, but it’s also a character builder, teaching us about fear,commitment, impermanence, finding harmony with others and falling down and getting back up again.

Whether it’s a mystical experience or simply a serious adrenaline rush, there’s something about paddling out into a monstrous wall of water, popping up to one’s feet and then gliding down the front of a wave. At first the wave controls you; but once you’re on it, it’s more like you’re working together. Think of it as an intimate partnership with nature that can be thrilling, relaxing and healing.