in shallow water
Some of us are stuck in the shallows
Where life has a cautious desperate rhythm, 
punctuated by bursts of pleasure and hurt.
There's a loss of connection with the depth of our being.

Life has become the soap opera or media that we tune into.
The deep is too dangerous to acknowledge, let alone embrace. 
We cling to the safety of the shallows.

We want to feel connection,ย yet can't let go 
of controlling and comparing, resisting and resenting.
Life is filled with distractions, must-see t.v. 
and others agreeing this is the way it "should" be.
It is the shallow sea of a fearful and protective ego.

When you feel caught up like this, take time to pause.
Breathe fully and notice what is alive in you.
Listen for the vibration from the deep.
The untouched part of you that never changes.

Finding your Middle Ground is the gateway 
to a new depth of being and living fully.
The current may be strong and the transition may not be easy.
It takes courage to be the swimmer you are, to dive in and wake up.
Waking up


40 comments on “Stuck in the Shallows

  1. Some awesome thoughts in this one, Val, especially life as a soap opera.

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  2. Good words Val… Today’s social media and TV can be overwhelming and overbearing… I find myself too busy ‘writing’, to time for either TV or the trivial pursuits of social media..

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  3. To swimming in the deep… ๐Ÿ’™

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  4. This one drags you deep…
    Very beautiful.

    “Breathe fully and notice what is alive in you”

    That is great advice and the straight path to the mater.
    Have a great day, smile.

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  5. Such beautiful thoughts and imagery Val — and great counsel.

    Like Diego — โ€œBreathe fully and notice what is alive in youโ€ resonates deeply as I dive deep into being awakened and fully alive.

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  6. Is this ever timely! Thank you Val!!

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  7. Sharon Lawrence

    This hits very close to home for me. Thanks for your powerful words.

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Thank you Sharon. We all play in the shallows where itโ€™s safe and there is company. Diving deep takes courage ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•


  8. Beautiful message Val ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  9. Truth! Lovely lines, Val, I esp. like the second stanzaโ€“ you nailed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Such brilliant beautiful poem dear Val! I took it as a reminder for myself where in some aspects of my life recently I have been trying to let go and it wasn’t coming as easily as I would like it. I loved the reminder that I am playing in the shallows and the depths of my being are forever available, I need only choose so.

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  11. Here’s to diving deep!

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  12. Those pauses are life enhancing, and sometimes, life saving.

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  13. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been stuck in the shallows and then drowning in the depths. That middle ground looks pretty darn good from either perspective. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. yes, sometimes we need to venture out beyond our comfort zones, but at the same time stay grounded with who we are…


  15. How beautiful, timely, and wise are your words and presentation, Val. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  16. Just lovely, Val. I love the wisdom you share. Timely and much needed reminders.

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  17. I very much relate to your words. Thank you for the nourishment I received from them. In particular,
    “The current may be strong and the transition may not be easy.
    It takes courage to be the swimmer you are, to dive in and wake up.”
    This is going on a post-it note for my desk.
    Thank you,

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    • Thank you dear Ali. ๐Ÿ’

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      • You have received many compliments and appreciations for your poem that I reshared on my blog. I just wanted you to know that your light is reaching out to many.
        Be well.

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        • Thank you Ali ๐Ÿ’›We all have so much to share that can heal ourselves … and the world.
          My light has a message to pause .. slow down .. and really notice what is happening right now. This is the true wisdom and healing we all need. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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  18. This is me! I’m stuck in the shallows!

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    • The world we are encouraged to live in right now is the shallows. It takes an inner urge and hope for something more to transform us. It isnโ€™t easy these days with so much or social media and TV encouraging you to safe shallow and safe and so many others. The first step is to recognize where you are. The next is to be understanding about our fundamental needs. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•


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