Scooping up the sea

by | Jan 27, 2012 | Uncategorized | 10 comments

I’m scooping up the sea. That’s one of the Tai Chi movements in the sequence I’m doing each morning. It consists of bending low, one foot behind the other, and with crossed hands, scooping and bringing the sea up high until it merges with the air above. 

At high tide, with pohutukawa leaves drifting in the water, I enter a dream space.

I’m scooping up my dreams, that drift like brilliant leaves on the surface of the sea.

 I’m scooping up waves of tenderness, as I remember talking with little Mira (3 years old) on Skype from China, where she is on a six week visit with her mother.

 I’m scooping up surges of satisfaction from completing my tax return yesterday while the rain poured down.

And I’m scooping up gratitude, for this beautiful place where I live beside the sea: gratitude for peace, safety, and the spaciousness of summer.


  1. Elisabeth

    That’s such a lovely image, Juliet, the image of your arms reaching down to scoop up the sea. It soothes and comforts. Thank you.

  2. juliet

    Thank you Elisabeth, it certainly was soothing and comforting to do this.

  3. Ruth P

    Beautiful, beautiful post Juliet. Thank you!

  4. juliet

    Thank you Ruth, and nice to have you visit.

  5. lifeonthecutoff

    Another peaceful, beautiful blog with such lovely movements to guide my day. Thank you, Juliet.

  6. juliet

    Thank you Penny; I’ve just visited yours. Good to see you back.

  7. Lynley

    I can hear the swirling surging tide in your post Juliet.

    We need to remember to flow too.

  8. juliet

    Hi Lynley, yes the sound of the water is very soothing and keeps me in the flow.

  9. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – you inspire me when I read your posts about Tai Chi – seeing I’m doing something similar looking out over the English Channel – it has its attractions even if I’m inside – it’s warmer!

    But love the way you describe the moves – good thoughts .. and delighted you could speak to Kira – a wonderful world we live in ..

    Cheers Hilary

  10. juliet

    Thanks Hilary, glad you have a cosy place to do your practice!


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