Ecstasy has it's origins in the Greek ekstasis, meaning 'standing outside oneself'. Philosopher Plotinus saw ecstasy as a connection back to oneness, the highest expression of human potential, identifying with that which is the best in the universe and key to attaining 'the perfect life'.
For Thoreau ecstasy was experienced as 'all walls and barriers dissipate, and I float in the midst of an unknown and infinite sea, or else heave like a vast ocean of thought'.
Maslow describes this peak experience as 'exciting, oceanic, deeply moving'. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's single word for ecstasy, 'the state of mind when one is using their full potential', was simply Flow.
Every morning connection awaits, right there, in the flow, just beyond our self imposed barriers. Every morning, in the ocean.
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Andrew 'Magichands' Maher
Newbies 1 (...it gets warmer)
Water temp 17.30
Staying safe - a timely reminder!
Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits. Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, click here.
Manly Surf Club Season Opening Party
A season Opening Party for the Manly Surf Club will be held upstairs at the Steyne Hotel on Saturday 6th August. The event will feature the band Triple Shot, with a live auction also lined up! Tickets are $50 or 2 for $80, includes food and 3 free drinks. Follow the link to purchase tickets: http://manly-lsc.myshopify.com/products/tickets-mlsc-season-opener
Please be aware that to obtain the coveted WWW badge, the only part of the body that is allowed to be covered by wet suit material. Are the feet (booties allowed). Apart from the feet, the body should be covered in non-wet suit material.
Also, a reminder that the philosophy of the B&B group is that we are a group activity and that swims are only to be logged for swims made between the hours of 6am and the final 7am swim (or double or triple or other sanctioned swims). Swims are NOT to be logged outside of these times for social and safety reasons. Management.