One of the many amazing clients I have the pleasure to work with is Elaine K. Howley. She laughs easily, embodies joy and enthusiasm for life and is always the bearer of fascinating stories and first person accounts of incredibly transformative encounters with not only people, but all living things on the planet. She is a woman I admire greatly and I always come away from our times together inspired and enriched. Yet, if you met Elaine on the street you would probably not realize that she is an athlete whose sport is extreme, demanding and at times incredibly dangerous.
Elaine is a channel swimmer. What she does in the water is the equivalent of what Ironman athletes do both in the water and on land combined. The water she swims in for miles, hours, sometimes days in series is generally quite cold and very erratic in behavior, and the denizens of its depths often come to visit with her, sometimes with positive support, other times …. Well, not so much. The jellyfish story here on her blog is one of the latter.
Those of you reading who celebrate the Solstice this year may want to read up on Elaine and keep her in your thoughts or send her energy this year as Litha brings us the longest day of the year. On Friday the 20th of June, at 5pm EST, Elaine and her coach, Jen Dutton, will get into the waters of Lake Cochituate in MA and begin swimming. They will continue swimming until 5pm the following day, Saturday the 21st, bringing in the Solstice in true shamanic space, creating circles in the Lake’s nearly two miles worth of circumference.
So many things struck me about her choosing to do this swim on the Solstice. Perhaps it is because I’m a Water Sign, but there is a poignancy about the sacrifice of time and effort to honor the complete return of Light to the earth that is not lost on me, and I hope will not be lost on you either. I will be sending her my wishes for well being and increasing strength, with the hopes of feeling some of that in my own life and throughout my own Litha. Let those of you who are so inclined do the same. Elaine has said she will gratefully receive all energy and put it back out to the Universe for the Highest Good as she swims. I stand in awe of her accomplishments and in gratitude for her ability to achieve them.
Blessed Litha, Elaine. Thank you for your Work!