Having a Whale of a Time July 6, 2010Posted by TheIntentionalSage in Nature, Visions.
Tags: Aotearoa, Blue, Canoe, Fjord, Green, Mountain, Plum, Positivity, Snow, Whale
Today was going to be the day. Today was the day that Olintre (pronounced awe-lin-tree) had been patiently expecting its arrival for quite some time. He had all of his gear prepared for this journey. That is, he had packed a bunch of raw fruit and vegetables to eat and a few earthen containers full of spring-fed water. It was already in the car, an electric one, so that it would be quite easy for his partner, Domeniana (pronounced dough-min-yan-uh) to drive him to where he was to begin from. He was so excited, and she, excited for him!
Once Domeniana had taken him as far as she could drive him, she stopped the car. They both got out and took the canoe off of the top of the car and set it down near the shoreline. They took the water and food out of the car and carefully packed it into the canoe. Olintre suggested coming back just after nightfall to pick him up and Domeniana agreed. They embraced and Domeniana said, “Enjoy!” One last kiss and she was off, back to their glade full of orchards and happiness.
Today, Olintre was going to enjoy the solitude of an Aotearoa sound! His excitement was hard to contain and why would he want to contain such a thing? He let out a yelp of joy and appreciation for what he was about to embark upon. With that, he gently nudged his canoe into the water and jumped in. He paddled his way out because he knew he had a ways to go before he got to the actual sound. He was grateful that it was still before morning and the sun wasn’t out, yet. He wanted to be able to see the sun once he was there – in the sound.
It had been an hour since Domeniana had left him at the shore and he was starting to get a little hungry. With that, he pulled his paddle out of the water and set it down inside the canoe. He opened one of the satchels full of food and picked out a plum to eat. Upon biting into the juicy piece of fruit, he remembered to think thoughts of gratefulness for this food he was consuming, as well as happy, loving, rewarding thoughts for his body. He had long since understood the important principles of being in a positive state of awareness upon consuming food because it would affect the way that his body interpreted what was being ingested. When he did this, images of his grandmother flooded his mind.
After he finished the plum, he said out loud, “Hi Grammy. Thanks for joining me today.” In his head he heard, “Oh, you’re welcome dear. I just wanted to see the look on your face when you saw it.” To which Olintre said, “But you’ve seen me witness the greatness of the sounds before, why again?” Grammy replied, “You always look upon them with such awe that it just warms me up!” Olintre smiled and then closed the satchel. He picked up his paddle to begin journeying closer to the sound.
It was another hour or so before he knew that he was approaching the corner that would precede his view of sheer awesomeness. He couldn’t think of another way to describe the beauty of the fjords in Aotearoa. They were, pure, unadulterated, awesomeness! The majestic blue water and the green, green cliff sides that seemed to almost shoot up straight out of the water to heights unknown. The mountains in the background covered in snow. The narrow inlets that no cruise liner could ever navigate through. It was as if these places were meant to be admired by only small amounts of people at a time.
As he made one of the final strokes that was to push him around the corner, he pulled the paddle out of the water – he wanted to be able to enjoy what he was about to see without having his attention split.As the scene slowly emerged beyond the corner of the edge, it was, even better than he remembered. It was absolutely magnificent! The green on the sides of the sound were the greenest greens he had ever seen or imagined. The deep blue water was so pristine and untouched. The mountains were standing at attention wearing their ‘white caps.’ And to top it all off, he saw whales!
It was the first time that he had ever been able to be so close to such grand creatures. There seemed to be a few of them huddled together and enjoying the privacy of the sound. Olintre’s canoe was still moving forward, in the direction of the whales, but neither Olintre or the whales seemed to notice. This may have been because the energy with which Olintre was entering the sound was pristine. He had not been thinking about anything negative of sorts upon getting in his canoe or on any part of his journey. It was clear, from the look on Olintre’s face, that he was thinking in a purely positive manner at this point. His face still had that sense of awe splashed all over it. Little did Olintre know what he was in for next. . .
While he was staring up at the wondrousness of the cliffs, his canoe had made its way almost to the exact location where he had spotted the whales. The only reason that Olintre became distracted from looking at the sound was because he felt some water land on his face. He wiped it dry with his hand and looked around. It was only then that he noticed that he was within the circle of the whales! Another whale decided to clear out its blow-hole and subsequently, Olintre was wiping his face again. He laughed at the pleasure he was being given. Then, one of the whales surfaced right next to the canoe, almost as if to say, ‘Hello,’ to Olintre. It stayed there for a little bit and Olintre got the inclination that this whale was inviting him to touch it – so he did.
As he reached out of the canoe to touch the whale, he lost his balance, or so he thought, and landed on top of the whale. In reflecting back on this later, he realized that the whale wanted him to land on it all along. Nonetheless, in the moment, Olintre was a little shocked by what happened next. The whale, with Olintre on its back, began moving fast towards the interior of the sound. Not only was Olintre getting a closer look at the sound, but he was doing it in a way that he had never imagined possible – riding on the back of a whale.