Snorkeling in the ocean fascinates me, not just the visual beauty of marine life, but the whole experience. In the underwater world there is a vibrancy that comes to life. There is so much to experience right below the surface without having to dive deep. Living with as much awe out of the ocean as I do underwater sounds amazing. Snorkeling through life is how I want to live each day.
This activity engages all five senses at the same time. Think about it. There is the ever present static-like sound of fish munching on the coral. Sometimes the singing of whales can be heard. The temperature of the water and motion of the waves can’t go unnoticed. Brilliantly colored fish, coral, and other marine life visually grab for attention. The scent of coastal air combines with the taste of salt water above the surface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyK3tTV4Ps4
Out of the water life can be just as interesting. Paying more attention to our senses brings the vividness of life into focus. Noticing all of the components of a moment or experience through sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell provides more appreciation of the ordinary. Shutting out what is happening above the water, so to speak, offers a more authentic experience. Snorkeling doesn’t require skill, just a willingness to float and take in the surroundings. Life nor snorkeling require us to go deep to get meaningful enjoyment out of everyday experiences. The plentiful spiky sea urchin becomes just as mesmerizing as the elusive eel. Floating alongside a sea turtle is equally as special as watching a school of fish pass before your eyes. A sea cucumber is not beautiful, but its interestingness is undeniable.
Fully aware of my senses is how I try to live. I want to snorkel through life.