The Secrets of the Ocean

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.

-John Muir

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,

in which you can walk with love and reverence.

-Henry David Thoreau

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

It’s always our self we find in the sea.

-e.e. cummings

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.

-Kahlil Gibran

“Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”


Much peace and abundant love,


Reminder: Experiment. Explore.  Experience.

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  1. Jeanie Witcraft said:

    I miss the ocean. Might be time to return soon! There was one magical week in May of last year…when I walked in the Pacific and the Atlantic within 4 days of each other. Deep blue power & tranquil turquoise.

    I took many, many photos of the Oregon coast and fewer of the Florida coast, as there I was swept up in the joy of space exploration. NASA celebrated Gene & I’s one “monthiversary” by launching Endeavour. Poetic, no?

    Many people have told me…”Jeanie, you are much calmer on the water. It’s like….you know nothing can happen to you when you are there.” And I smile into the sunshine and ride the waves happily, knowing that to be truth–or almost. You know this truth well, yes?

    I wonder….how to work Picasa Web so I can share the Oregon coast with you. I think you would enjoy them more than most. :)

    • Hi Jeannie,
      Your comment reminds me that in one magical day in December I viewed the lunar eclipse from the beach in the pre-dawn hours and then the full moon from the beach in the might-time hours. Magical! Thank you for reminding me:)

      There is quite a lot written about the healing properties of water as well as spending time by the ocean. I choose to live near it because it is where I meet Divine; however, I may meet Divine anywhere, and experience the same peace, beauty, love, joy everywhere that I choose to open my heart to the possibility.

      I–not being a “techie”– have no idea how to work Picasa Web…perhaps Gene may show you?

  2. Joy,

    I love what you said about being open to being surprised by both the ocean and your friends. Sharing your love of the ocean was a beautiful metaphor for unconditional love. These are fabulous quotes too! I especially like the John Muir one!

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thank you:) I love the element of surprise; my recent lesson is to release any “guardedness” I have so that I may be surprised more often and to release expectations so that I may not judge the “quality” of the surprise. This requires full presence on my part, and the willingness to be and to receive unconditional love. Wonderful lesson!

      I chose quotes that inspire me to live from my heart space, perhaps especially when I am vulnerable and choose to open to the moment rather than allow fear to guide me to ‘close’. Experiencing from heart space is quite a magical adventure!

  3. Reading your post was like reading poetry. Beautiful. I so look forward to reading what you like. I believe in unconditional love. So fulfilling.

    Stay happy, Joy. Hugs!

    • Hi Vidya,
      All that you share is so poetic to me!

      Thank you for magnifying unconditional love; a wonderful refreshing gift!

      A warm energetic hug to you:)

  4. I also live by the ocean. As I read this post I’m about ready to go outrigger paddling which I do 3 days a week as just one activity I do on, in or by the ocean.

    The analogy of how we spend our time with people and the mood…. fabulous. Loved it. Mahalo for this post!

    • Hi Jt,
      I am so excited you stopped in; I have been wanting to “meet” you because you live exactly where I want to:) And outrigger paddling is exactly what I want to do when I get there (among other things). It was precious, yesterday a women next to me said something in general like we live in paradise, well except the Hawaiian islands are true paradise (*grin* Universe speaks to me in all ways!).

      I know you love the ocean as I do…thank you for sharing:) And thank you for the Mahalo!

      A warm energetic hug to you:)

  5. Beautiful photos, Joy, and I love the John Muir quote. It’s perfection. Any time I’m near water, there’s a sense of contemplation and connection. You’re so blessed to live with the ocean.

    Yes, unconditional love. It’s a beautiful thing.

    • Hi Talon,
      Thank you. I choose to live right here on the ocean because I am completely in flow here.

      Contemplation and connection are wonderful resources to use to connect to flow (or disconnect from World).

      Thank you for magnifying unconditional love; a beautiful thing, indeed!

      A warm energetic hug to you:)

  6. Good Morning Joy,
    As I read this today I reflected on my trip to beach yesterday evening, to take pictures of the sunset. I learned many years ago, that even more than trees I need the water element in my life unconditionally, fresh or salt, as long as their is a current in it(fast or slow), then I am complete and totally content… thank you for sharing with us.

    • Hi rosemary,
      Such live by the beach and love the sunsets, too:) Of course!

      Complete and totally content is such a wonderful state to “be” in. Thank you for the beautiful reflection!

  7. Thank you Joy,

    You are beautiful in how you live and express.

    • Hi Brad,
      Thank you for the simplicity with which you shared. Such beauty in simplicity (one I am learning, to release layers and allow simple beauty to shine in all realms!).

      Thank you for your presence here.

  8. Megan Bord said:

    e.e. cummings is one of my favorite poets, and I, too, love the ocean. Both were introduced to me by another love many years ago. Interesting timing…

    Sending you love in big energetic internet waves!

    • Hi Megan,
      I think it fun that so many people recall love by the ocean:) Does the ocean guide us to love, or does love bring us to the ocean?

      It was a pleasure to share time with you here by “my” ocean…the foundation of a wonderful connection!

      Receiving your love, and reflecting back to you the same:)

  9. jean sampson said:

    Hi Joy, the pictures are lovely and your post brought back a wonderful, magical memory of when I was a teen and went to Virginia Beach with my church group. My boyfriend and I went for a long barefoot walk on the beach after dark. When we were on our way back to the motel to meet with the group, he realized he had lost something and ran back to find it. Being young and rather sheltered, I had no fear of being left alone on the beach at night. Something about the air, the waves, the wind, made me start singing songs from West Side Story and maybe other songs. I remember feeling like I could fly. I love that memory and know that the ocean will live in my heart whenever I think of it. Thank you, Joy, for reminding me of it! Love you!

    • Hi jean,
      Wow. Thank you for sharing! I can feel the joy and freedom through your words:)

      My entire life I have walked the beach in solitude (which I love!!) or with friends or my have the recent experience of walking the beach with love was a blessing I feel extreme gratitude for. I knew that each step was leading to new and different, I was not aware that each step was a heart opening that has ultimately expanded my entire world.

      May we each experience our own version of those beach walks…and may our hearts continue to open to expansion.

      Love to you, too:)

  10. Thank you Joy for linking this post to our 30 day journey together. May we share a walk along the ocean. This I would love to do again…

    • Thank you, Rand, for your presence in the I Believe in Magic: 30 day photo journey class; it has been wonderful to share energetic steps within the group!

  11. mary rogers said:

    enjoy reading your messages. I have always enjoyed being near the water also. Today was memorial day weekend but I got up and enjoyed going to the beach, put my feet in the way, listened to the sounds of the waves coming up on the shore, watched the jet skies, people paddling along and people just enjoying themselves by the water as was I. Only stayed a short time but it was so nice being by the water. I think I would like to do this more.

    • Thank you, Mary, for taking the time to share this reflection! Sounds lovely! You put your feet in flow, listened, watched, and absorbed the feel! As you pointed out, spending a short time felt refreshing…I think sometimes the barrier to refreshment is we feel it will take “too long”, be “too challenging to prepare for”. You model the “how” for us–simply show up and enjoy!

      (As you know, I live right by the beach…well, Memorial Weekend is busy here, and is the one time I don’t go to the beach because it is so busy!)

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