This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

June kicks off summer vacation and for many of us, that means a trip (or several, depending on where you live!) to the beach.

Ah, the beach. Most of us associate it with relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even some recreation — like surfing.

Author Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Wait, why would we want to stop the waves? Aren’t the part of the fun?

Well, as Kabat-Zinn’s statement implies, waves aren’t always fun things, but they’re definitely parts of our lives. Sometimes they’re unexpected changes in plans. Relationship troubles. Job losses.

Sometimes, their deaths.

We can’t stop these things. Again, these waves are part of life.

However, as Kabat-Zinn points out, we can learn to surf these waves. We can learn to take these hits, cope with them, and even learn from them. Sometimes, we even come out better people because of them.

What kinds of waves have you learned to surf lately?

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