I love the ocean. For the last five years, I have lived on a sailboat in a marina in the harbor of the ocean. Now, I live steps from the same marina, same harbor, same ocean.
My heart is with the ocean. One of my new favorite activities is to take hours long walks on the beach, walking for miles, by myself, opening my heart to all that the ocean offers.
During my walk today, I had this reflection:
Every day I visit the ocean: I run on the beach, or kayak, or sail, or swim and play in her waters, or watch the sunset or moon beams color her. Always barefoot (yes, I even sail barefoot).
I am always glad to be around her/with her/near her.
Some days she is gentle, calm; sending her waves to lovingly lap my feet, my calves, my being. So graceful, tender. I feel refreshed, clean, peaceful.
Some days she is whipped into a frenzy; sending a surge of power through her waves crashing to the beach, capturing my feet and calves and being with her current. So powerful, so strong. I feel energized, empowered.
Some days she is freezing cold and I don’t want to dip my toes in but I do so as not to offend her.
Some days she is so warm that I jump right in and swim and body surf (or dive off the bow of the boat).
I never truly know how she will present her self until I am there sharing space.
What I realized today was that regardless of her state, her ‘mood’, her temperature, I love her. I love the element of surprise that she presents me with. I love all that she reflects and allows me to learn about myself as I reflect with her. I love her beautiful days and I love her powerful days and I love all in between.
Never once had I been mad at her–even the day I literally almost died in a dramatic Coast Guard Rescue– it wasn’t her fault, I completely understand how it happened. I chose to be out there and to listen to someone else rather than my intuition. You see, I know her so well, I know how to connect with her even on heavy weather days; when I listened to another that clouded my judgment. I know better.
I love her. Unconditional love. And some people don’t identify, nor understand it. Most people would rather not be with me when I visit her. And, that’s okay. I love her. She is me and I am her.
Like with people. The people whom I love with my being, I love because they are not “cookie cutter” they constantly surprise me which allows me to experiment and explore. Much like my love of the ocean, it doesn’t matter their mood, or what they choose to share on a particular day, it is the energy we share and all that they reflect to me when we share that thrills my being, delights my heart. And some people don’t identify or understand or wish to share. And that’s okay. I love connecting. It is unconditional.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today’s photos are a bit different; you have seen so many ocean photos, I thought I would share with you a view of the dunes as well. Even though the dunes look barren, these colorful plants are in them.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
-Gerard de Nerval
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
for going out, I found, was really going in.
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
-Henry David Thoreau
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
“Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.