Hello, I’m Pippa, the founder of Sea Soul Blessings.
The sea has brought me many unexpected gifts… and Sea Soul Blessings have been the most magical and surprising of all.
I’ve worked as a coach and retreat facilitator at my social enterprise, Story of Mum, for many years, and I’ve run media development agencies and worked as a script editor on feature films and TV series for many more.
All of these roles, along with my passion for sea swimming, served as inspiration for Sea Soul Blessings. They’ve given me the perfect combination of skills to create beautifully written tools that take my experience of the sea, and of compassionate coaching – providing gentle support to rewrite the unhelpful stories we tell ourselves – and transform this into in a simple and encouraging resource that’s now used worldwide.
Sea Soul Blessings deepen your connection to nature, and offer mindful coaching in a box.
The Sea Soul Blessings magic really came to life when I started sea swimming a few years back. Sea swimming brought me so many gifts.
There was the joyful community that encouraged me to start sea swimming, and inspired me to keep going through the winter. All that time I got to spend immersed in Cornwall’s natural beauty every day, seabirds swooping overhead, light sparkling on the waves, seals a little too close for comfort. The regular exercise and healing power of cold water – soothing my aching bones and joints, and relieving my physical pain.
But more surprisingly, I discovered that the sea could also soothe my mind. Time in and around the water helped me to calm anxiety, clear difficult emotions, and gain greater faith in myself.
My swim became my self-compassion practice. Daily life-changing proof that I was worthy of precious space to tend to my needs – every single day. Slowly, it strengthened my ability to quiet my loud internal inner critic – that mean voice that says “You’re not good enough, who do you think you are, you’re not deserving of time just for you, you’re a failure, no one could ever love you…”
Every time I allowed myself to stop everything else and step into the sea, I was standing up to that negative internal voice, and finding a more compassionate way to be there for myself: “I deserve time and tending. Just like everyone, I am flawed and I make mistakes. And… I am loveable and enough nonetheless.”
The sea washed away my doubts and criticism, and quieted the nagging of my mind. It created space to connect with other more useful parts of myself. To reflect on how I was truly feeling, what I was truly capable of, what I needed, and where I wanted to go next. In the sea, I could connect to my intuition, to a source much greater than myself – and learn to ask for help.
Each visit to the sea brought a fresh gift, a message or guidance of some sort. I would leave the water a different person: braver, stronger, more focused, more in tune with myself and the world around me.
And one day, as I swam, the idea of Sea Soul Blessings arrived on the tide, as simple and powerful as the sea itself. Could I create a simple practice with which anyone could have this experience?
Could I create tools that would encourage others to make space in their day to clear their minds, to reflect on their needs and their strengths, to connect to their intuition and the sea’s wisdom, and to practice speaking more kindly to themselves?
Having worked for years as a coach, I knew just how beneficial simple tools like these could be as part of a daily self-care practice. How a daily ritual can powerfully ground us amongst the busy-ness, allowing us to shift negative thought patterns and start afresh.
As soon as I had the idea, it felt as if the Sea Soul Blessings somehow already existed, just a few strokes out of reach. All I had to do was find a way to pull them out of the water and onto paper: to translate them into tools with which to share the sea’s elemental gifts with others, especially those for whom the sea was too far away to visit daily.
The cards came to life with a speed that took me by surprise. Finding the words to deepen the blessings and form the accompanying book was a slower but equally inspiring process. Each entry came to me most often as an image, with a feeling, as I held the card. Each a little mystery to solve – how did this image relate to this feeling or blessing? What words could hold this succinctly?
Most often, my daily trip to the sea would yield answers. And sometimes it would change how I understood the meaning of the blessing completely.
I would return home and write, still salty from the sea, waiting to see what might come, sieving words. Shifting, changing – until the words finally landed, like sand, settled.
As we’ve redesigned the cards and book so that they’re plastic-free, and sustainable, those words have stayed the same. Using them every day has also deepened our environmental vision – ensuring that we now give back to the sea that so inspires us.
So here they are, sailing from the sea to you, wrapped in love and the hope that they will bring you as much connection, compassion, presence and courage as they have brought me and so many others.
May they help you to make time for yourself, to find a compassionate voice to support you as you move forward, inspired by the sea’s immense wisdom to make positive impactful changes in your life – and the lives of those you love.
Sea Soul Blessings: created in Cornwall, with love, so that you too can be blessed by the sea.