Today’s blog is written by Simon Stott (on Port Watch), one of Rene's oldest friends.
"Waking up to a sapphire blue sky with little cloud in sight, everyone seemed in great spirits. However, we were disheartened to find ourselves in a wind hole with only a mere 5 knots of breeze, simply bobbing around almost 300 miles east of Mauritania.... jeepers!
With Harry on the helm and Ian’s safe pair of hands trimming the kite, it allowed the rest of us to lean our weight on the front of the boat and settle for a good old lay down, a job done with pleasure!
Reading the mindfulness book ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, I came across something fitting in my pursuit of better understanding the drivers behind depression. The premise of the book is set upon an important distinction of one’s ‘self’ and ‘mind’, the former being one’s true identity and the latter being only your portrayal of events (could even be described as fiction). This may seem abstract at first, but what it means is that we should only acknowledge the voices in our head and not let it define or taint the kind of person we are. What is left, is a space and ability to truly live and enjoy the present, liberating oneself from anxiety, self-judgement or ones own disappointment with themselves.
Looking far out into the distance with nothing but soft, calm and rolling waves - I was completely at peace. For once, not thinking about my bloody drone I lost in the sea on Day 2, the bucket of water I poured in through the hatch (wiping out a few electrics) whilst cleaning the deck, nor how many more days it’ll take us to reach the other end - I was well and truly happy.
Maybe this is me going a bit loopy at sea, but hey ho - still in good spirits!"