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Beach Therapy

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Blog | 5 comments

“My soul is full of longing

For the secret of the sea,

And the heart of the great ocean

Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I love the ocean. Its power draws me in. The refreshing and invigorating salty scent filling the air, cleanses my soul. The rhythm of the waves flowing in and out again in ageless, timeless serenity calms my spirit. For me, it is a place of healing, centering, and renewal.

I am out of my comfort zone. All of my piles, scraps, and journals have been left at home. My iPhone and iPad are safe from the sun, salt, and sand. It’s hard to write with the wind blowing in my face. It’s even difficult to read. Forced relaxation. Time to wonder. To ponder. To appreciate God’s creation. I am quiet with my thoughts.

Watching children make castles, dig holes, chase gulls. Older kids playing football, soccer, paddleball. Listening to the sounds of running, splashing, laughing. A dog racing into the foamy water to retrieve a stick. A boy and his mother flying a kite. Boogie boards, babies, and bottle nosed-dolphins.

 

 

Walking along the sand, I see creatures diving for cover to hide from the sandpiper’s long bills. With the foamy waves swirling around my ankles, I watch a huge flock of seagulls skimming the water, changing direction in perfect unison. Suddenly the pelicans arrive, dipping and diving for food. I pick up a conch, turn it over, see that there is life dwelling within, and toss it back into the outgoing tide.

 

With the smell of suntan lotion, sea salt, and sweat, I realize I have been writing all the while.

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

5 Comments

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  1. Keiki Hendrix

    What an insightful post! Love these quotes. Makes me want to take a trip to the beach.

  2. Jodi Mann

    Sounds like you had a really great vacation. It’s always nice to just step away from daily life for awhile and take time out to just relax 🙂

  3. Kathy

    Beautiful, calming, brought yearning for a trip.

  4. Susan

    Beautifully put, Ann.

  5. Betsi

    Feel like I was there with you!!!

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