you know how to be

Posted: October 27th, 2016 | No Comments »
 The pool in Hofsos, an old trading port on the northern coast. Credit Massimo Vitali for The New York Times

The pool in Hofsos, an old trading port on the northern coast. Credit Massimo Vitali for The New York Times

loved this article — i have always felt that being in water, specifically, the ocean, resets / reanchors you. part two from “the water cure”:

This time [at the pool] I didn’t approach anyone, didn’t ask any questions. I didn’t speak at all. I concentrated on what I could feel: the water pressing lightly on my skin, the wind prickling my beard. All around me was the soft white noise of a community. The conversation; the connection; the freedom, within that flurry of sociability, to withdraw and simply be within yourself. It called to mind something a Ph.D. student named Katrin Gudmundsdottir told me on my first day in Iceland. She was describing a certain ineffable emotional state to me, a native Icelander’s sense of comfort while immersed in her neighborhood sundlaug. When I thought of what she said, a perfect G chord strummed inside me. “It’s not exactly like you’re happy,” she had mused. “It’s that you know how to be in the swimming pool.”

 



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