|Prayer flags aboard Rasmus|
The other night Scott read me the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment as laid out by Sidhartha Guatama and as he read, I thought, "now those are some principles that make sense - not only in life, but on a boat as well"! Turns out, cruising has taught me quite a bit about the path to Enlightenment! Read on:
- Right View - If there is one thing that traveling teaches you, it's to keep an open heart and open mind and to keep your goals in site. If you can't see the end result, how will you ever take the steps to get there?
- Right Intention - I have always, always said that our intentions shape our lives. Scott I and always try to envision where we're going and how we'll get there; safe and sound and without incident. Mental energy controls our actions.
- Right Speech - Luckily for us, Scott and I practically were born understanding the language of sailing (and trust me, it is another language). By using the right speech, we get what we need or want with much more ease. Remember; words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Chose your words wisely.
- Right Action - When the wind shifts, we must change our sails. If we didn't, we would not only get no where but drive ourselves crazy. Wholesome actions lead to sound states of mind.
- Right Livelihood - Happy, healthy and living simply and peacefully at sea. This is definitely the right lifestyle for us!
- Right Effort - Without effort, nothing can be achieved. Scott and I have been putting forth effort from day one so that we could (and may continue to) live our dream.
- Right Mindfulness - The ability to see things as they are, and not how you want to perceive them is a gift. The ability to stay present and live every day as it's own is a blessing that is not lost on the cruising sailor. Many of us are only half present, and as a result, many of us see things obscured.
- Right Concentration - The ability to sit still, think clearly and concentrate on one thing is something that you gain after a few silent night shifts on a boat. No distractions, no chatter. Just you, the open ocean, and your thoughts.
|The Dharma Wheel!|