The Wordlessness of Wonder (and my video of diving the Banda Sea)

The Wordlessness of Wonder (and my video of diving the Banda Sea)
"In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song." — Kahlil Gibran

Last Monday, I returned home from ten days diving across the Banda Sea in Indonesia.  When friends and family have asked, “How was your trip?” my standard response has been, “Incredible.”  It was, yet that one word doesn’t fully encapsulate how sacred and joyful my journey was. I still can't find the words to describe the inner experience of what I witnessed:

The volcano, Komba, roaring as it exploded throwing molten rocks skyward that tumbled down the side of the crater like a million falling stars.

A full lunar eclipse from start to end lying on the top deck of the boat as we sailed towards our next destination.

At the surface of the sea, a sperm whale, minke whales, dolphins and mobula rays jumping out of the water.

All sorts of weird but wonderful little creatures like squat lobsters and hairy orang-utan crabs.  

Free-swimming turtle head snakes and giant rays hanging gracefully in the current at cleaning stations.

I stuck my hands in warm volcanic sand beneath the sea and had to pull them out because it was too hot.

The highlight and absolute privilege was to witness one of the most extraordinary sights I have ever seen in my life:

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The medicine of wonder

The medicine of wonder

"The most beautiful emotion is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead." — Albert Einstein

For too many years of my life, I lived as if I were sleepwalking. I went through the motions of life doing everything that I knew you were meant to do: I finished high school, went to uni then detoured for a while after my mum died. I decided on a career in financial planning studying part-time diplomas, certifications and a bachelor degree whilst I successfully worked my way into an Executive Manager position at age 28.

My time in the world was spent in the office, in the car, in the apartment, in cafes, in the shoping centre, in the gym and sometimes walking around the lake. I built what I thought was the perfect life, the life I thought would make me happy except it didn’t. I ended up miserable to the point of crying almost everyday on the way to work, on the way home and at night in bed usually after my boyfriend had fallen asleep.

During this time, something wonderful happened that turned out to be my saving grace and put me on this pilgrimage path. I learned to scuba dive.

I don’t remember much of my first dive in the sea. I was really focussed on keeping the regulator in my mouth, not drowning, not running out of air and not getting lost. 

It was my second dive that changed everything.

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