19 July 2011

Sandy Shores

I have always found the ocean alluring. It is ancient, wise, and patient, and connects all seven continents upon which the Earth's inhabitants make their homes. I love the rhythm of the waves and the soothing way the water glides across the sand; I could spend hours watching the tide ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Part of the magic of it, I think, is that photos cannot in the least reproduce the enchantment of the movement.

When I am at the sea, I find myself meditating unconsciously, breathing deeply, and centering my mind. I begin to glow, helped in part by the rays of the sun stroking my skin. And oh, the exhaustion that fills me at the end of the day from taking in so much beauty and wisdom and greatness leads me into a sleep so deep and peaceful it seems to resemble the ocean itself.

My short trip to the beach was just lovely. I finished reading a book by Paulo Coehlo, the pronunciation of whose name escapes everyone I know, and read half of another by F. Scott Fitzgerald; a new goal is the intention to read as many classic books as I can. I floated with the waves and got sand between my toes, fed seagulls, and turned pink; and though I enjoyed enjoyed every moment spent on the shore, I miss it and look forward, as I always do, to meeting the ocean again.

And your comments while I was away, my dear readers, brought such a smile to my face when I returned; you are so sweet and kind and so very, very loved. Did you know?


Dyche Designs said...

I feel such a strong connection to the ocean and really miss not living close to it. There really is something so magical about it.

Romantic Heroine said...

Oh, I know those feelings. The sea always has a calming and special effect to my mind. I love it when the wind plays with my hair. oh, and you're able to think clearly again...

glad you enjoyed your trip.
and do you know what? you are as sweet, kind and very loved as all the people who comment on your posts cause your an amazing person!

Rhiannon said...

You are so right about the ocean! There is something undoubtably calming about being at the beach. I love being able to lie on the sand [on a towel mind you] on my stomach and listen to the sand hitting the shore through the ground. A bit odd I know, but it's so relaxing.

I can't wait until I can get back to the beach. It's 10 degrees & cloudy in Auckland today- not at all beach weather!


chantilly said...

i think i have the same connection to the beach you do. i was just there this weekend, and it was like my soul was restored. it's a part of who i am :)


Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a truly beautiful photo, Ingrid! The water is amazingly inspirational and so good for the soul. My favorite place in all the world is Casco Bay at Portland Headlight in Portland, Maine. I love sitting on the rocks and just stare out at the Atlantic Ocean. It fills me with love and peace.

Paulo Coehlo's name is of Portuguese origin. It is pronounced Coe(like doe)-A-Low :) Did you read The Alchemist? It is such an amazing parable.



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