Do you ever find yourself staring in silence at the sea, or the Venice lagoon? What thoughts does it trigger in you?

 

Do you ever find yourself staring in silence at the sea, or the Venice lagoon? What thoughts does it trigger in you?

The lagoon is a remarkable space for meditation. Every so often, I go to the lagoon to be reminded of the great and expandable universe - a thought that surfaces only on rare occasions, and which, more often now, seems obscured in the activities of my every day. On these occasions, I will admire the lagoon for its static and unchangeable beauty.

Usually, I will sit by the waterfront with my legs stretched out over the bank, where I feel as though the waves could at any moment engulf me, or sweep me into their current. It’s at times like these when I feel most connected to, and reminded of places that exist beyond my small and tangible universe. Sometimes, on days when the fog will toughen the distinctions between water and sky, I feel a sudden awareness of my very small and gullible existence. I am not sure why this particular image, of the lagoon caught in the fog, will have this powerful effect on me – but to know that bigger things exist beyond my daily, and secluded bubble of insecurities – is a thought that I feel immensely comforted by.

Staring in silence at the sea is something that I have done since the age of a young child. Even before discovering what the word ‘meditation’ actually meant, or the idea of it, I felt naturally moved by the waves, which would always have a soothing effect on my innermost thoughts. I think that this natural attraction has in part, inspired my ability to meditate so easily by the sea or the Venice lagoon, where I can focus only on the passing of my thoughts, and allow them to just come and go.                                                        

Maria Sherbov, Young Voices volunteer collaborator, age 23