Baltic Sea Sail Away
Anand Sumaran, who runs a sailing school on his boat, "The Mystic Rose," on the Rhine in Germany, has started meditation camps at sea.
"A week on a sailing boat can transform your life," he claims. "When the ground is literally taken from under your feet and you find yourself living in close quarters with a group of strangers, the mind boggles and old habits are quickly broken. A gap is created which can be filled with awareness. Sailing takes us to our limits and beyond. It teaches us alertness, because daydreaming can be fatal in an emergency."
He believes that meditation comes naturally on the ocean waves. Sailors have to learn to let go because relaxing into the swaying of the boat is often the only alternative to being seasick.
"Growing more silent, listening to the elements, becoming sensitive to tiny changes in the movements of the breeze or the clouds, we fall into a deeper place in ourselves," enthuses Sumaran.