Swimming for me is a meditative activity and so much more. Through the sensory deprivation, agony of repetitive motion, and time and distance that seems to stand as still granite, I connect with that which is at my basic being: my “Self.” I’m able to strip out all the noise. I find my center - and I think all swimmers do that – and for each long distance swimmer, it is unique. This is not a sport about controlled environments, laboratory results, and predictable outcomes. It’s the exact opposite. And that’s what makes it enlightening.
We’re not evolved for the world in which we find ourselves and balance is elusive at best. However, the time in the water allows me to drop the ballast that accumulates in the mendacity of measuring coffee spoons. With each swim I feel closer to my true essence.