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surfing lesson 1

lie on your back – keep long. legs long. arms trailing out behind you – long.
you might be expecting tadāka mudra or savāsana
prepare to be surprised though because

your body has an ocean of breath passing through it
get ready
here comes the first wave
swelling into your feet from miles out to sea
by the time it reaches the cave of the belly – the chest
it is dismantling into white spray like millions of cow parsley flowers
and flowing on through your arms, hands fingers to the shore behind you
brilliant like starlight


silence holds you – drifting

then down through the fingers comes the out breath
flushing through the dripping cave of your body
dragging with it the flotsam and the driftwood and the tangles of seaweed
back out to sea – leaving you singing
with the fresh life of it all.