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Sailaday OK – Life changing therapy at sea

Sailaday OK supports marine based adventure therapy to help adults, their families and young persons recover from the consequences of addictions, abuse and other trauma .

Our unique evidence based therapeutic model promotes positive personal change through practical expereince. To reduce disadvantage and social exclusion  by provision of therapeutic sailing  & Educate therapists and skippers in the benefits of therapeutic sailing.

 

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Reflections on night sail

Beneficeries reflection on the night sail expereince

the night sail.

When life is OK I sail along easily, but when life hits me with emotions I don't expect, popping up from what seems like no-where; it can leave me feeling in shock, confused and blind. This has happened to me lately. I thought I was prepared for Christmas, I thought I'd be OK and was gliding along at full speed. Then suddenly life blinded me for a while; I had a bad cold along with a period. I had gone from being very busy to a full stop. I managed to get through the first five days and then having spent so much time on my own, my emotions burst through like a volcano bursting it's top. I had gone to two meetings on the Thursday and Friday night; they have such a unique way of breaking through the walls. On Saturday I broke into floods of tears, the pain was overwhelming, intolerable, it felt like it was unmanageable. I was a child and wanted my Ma. I was blind, confused and in pain. I reached out and text someone and I went to a meeting the next day to share how I felt where I got a lot of support.

 At this time I recalled the night sail, the first time at the helm in the dark, afraid and confused. I; we all; had been given a briefing, giving us all instructions as a crew and the heading we were taking. I had a skipper nearby to reassure me that it was OK and I had the rest of the crew working with me, looking out for dangers in the dark. I was afraid, but I managed to face the fear, do the helming with the support of the rest of the crew. During the last few days just before the new year, I recalled the night sails and each time I did a night sail it became easier - I got through it. as much as my emotions can become so intense, sometimes not just a night sail, but a blinds sail, I thought of all the other people that have managed and coped; that going to meetings and being around people who understand and can guide me in my darkness would get me through. To feel such grief is like sitting in the dead blackest night, but I am not alone, I don't have to be alone anymore. The night sail and blind sail is like the briefing for life, it has shown me it is possible; the sea like life, is unpredictable, fluid and ever-changing, yet its essence remains consistent. Life is life, same as water is water. 

  The night sail as well as the blind helming has shown me I can be afraid, confused and emotionally overwhelmed, but I can still steer my ship. I am my skipper and I choose my course, I am not alone. It is OK to be afraid, confused and in pain - it won't kill me - what I do with the emotions could! 

My Oceans

Vast Vast Ocean

Always in motion

Calm and serene

Wild and keen

In this expanse

The soul does enhance

 All is free 

This is me

I feel the breeze 

I feel at ease

The wind on my face

Touches in a warm embrace

Flock of birds in the sky

My spirit wants to fly.

Sickness and sore

Can't take anymore 

Stomach aching

Head is breaking

Can't change my sittue

Must continue

As in life 

We go through strife 

This too shall pass

As others has

I am finding 

The sun is still shining

The sky is still blue 

And a caring crew

This is life, this is being

This is what I am seeing.

 

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