Greg Bennett, 2

Interview with Greg Bennett

Greg:

Yes the mindfulness came from getting clobbered by the waves and breaking my boards or me. The mindfulness also came from the desire to have a great time every surf session. The meditation is simple. Just keep reinvesting in what's happening around– my hands on the steering wheel– the sound of the cars whizzing by.

The colors and shapes around me– the texture of my wetsuit– the feeling of it on my body– the smell of the salt air. The smell of the surf wax– the friction of it rubbing onto the deck of my board. The sand on my feet… The water around my ankles… The water passing by my fingers with every paddle… And everything else leading up to turning and swimming into a wave– after that one I am usually right there. And I was likely there a few steps before.

MP:

That's a great list of images leading up to surfing. It takes me to the ocean. I am wondering what the obstacles are that you are working against to keep you mindful. Can you share with me the nature of the primary obstacle, if there is one? Also, do you feel as if this practice gets you in touch with a basic principle (staying present) that carries over into other activities in your life?

Greg:

Yes. I use what I have learned in surfing in all aspects. I am usually good at staying present in what I deem as important or ones I really want to enjoy. Maybe my times of distraction are everyday stuff or times I am not excited about. As far as an obstacles goes, that answer doesn't come to mind with ease. I’ll have to think about that.

MP:

There are many forms of meditation including sitting, walking, knitting, painting-- you name it. Those of us who seek to know the self through these means, when in contact, feel as if the world or self is one-- that there is no separation between ourselves and all that is. Would you say that surfing leads you to this experience?

Greg:

I think my primary obstacle is staying present when I am doing daily stuff– things that I don't deem as important. It is easy for me to habitually leave the moment during these times. Yes being in the moment for me is being fully involved with all that is around me.

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