Ocean Musings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

There are very few places that I love more than a warm sunny beach by the ocean. I've been able to enjoy two trips to the beach while visiting my Mom in FL this week. I started to swim as an infant, and grew up at the swimming pool and on the Ohio River. I swam competitively but never brilliantly. My heart never seeks competition; it was born preferring peace and consensus.
The ocean seems to be a very healing place for me physically and spiritually. Spiritually, I feel open and connected to God and the splendor of the universe when I see the beauty, the grandeur, the apparently never ending expanse of water. The sound of the waves, rolling or even crashing in toward the beach are soporific, making mr calm, sleepy, peaceful, as if the water and tides call the water of my body into communion with their motion. In and out, the motion soothes my labored breathing into a pattern that mimics the rolling tide. My blood pressure drops to a normal range and my heartbeat slows, soothed.
Even when the water is too cool for most, I must take the plunge, first wading into the foamy wake, then plunging, diving into a large rolling wave. I lie on my back, face turned to the sun, basking in its warmth as the ocean rocks me back and forth in its arms. When the sun pinks my cheeks, I roll over, cooling my sun kissed cheeks and let the sun work it's warm, healing magic on my back and shoulders. I spring to my fett, laughing, as I jump the waves, body surfing. The buoyancy and salt make my body feel weightless, every cell, joint and bone is supported by the water, and for a brief time, I am totally pain free, playful, alive.
As I stand and walk toward the shore, I am warm and tired. When I try to leave her embrace, the ocean grabs at me pulling me back- first playfully, then forcefully, using her undertow to try to keep me with her, knowing as I do, that she is my true love and my real home.
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    You've made me long for the ocean... and I've been land-locked all my life, LOL!

    BEAUTIFUL writing... beautiful YOU!

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

    (Sorry I haven't been around much... I'm trying to catch up... I started here! None-the-less, you've been in my prayers, and I'm hoping to read you are achieving some wellness)
    3307 days ago
    I just got back from Half Moon Bay in CA...
    while spending a day at the ocean I was in awe at its beauty!
    My 1st trip to the sandy beach & salty Pacific Ocean was age 12. It touched my heart and impacted my mind and forever since has been my ultimate favorite heaven on earth! How glorious it is. When I arrived at my cousins a couple weeks ago, she asked was there anything I wanted to do on my vacation???...Go To The Ocean!!! As I stood before it...all I could comment was OMG & is so I was speechless...for real!
    OMG...What an Awesome Blog
    You put into words what I was thinking and feeling as I took it all in. Thank You...Thanks...And Thankful!
    It is great to be able to connect with someone who loves it as I do!
    Being in ND I seldom get there...but when I is the Highlight of the vacation.

    3329 days ago
    I DID need to read this! Thank you. Its hard to believe we will leave for Clermont next Fri. right after we close. I have less pain when there so that will be nice. I'm having something strange going on medically right now-timing is very bad since we have NO doctors yet there. Say a prayer that it isn't serious.
    3334 days ago
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    Beautiful place you have taken us to,I want to stay longer! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3335 days ago
    I LOVE the water too!! I wish I was there with you!! Like you I have to be near water that is why I live off a lake. Thanks for sharing. Made me smile this AM!! Hugs, Moni
    3335 days ago
    Loved your blog. Brought back so many memories of growing up when I lived within walking distance of the beach and ocean. My thoughts and heart still goes there often. It is very calming just sitting and watching the waves.
    3335 days ago

    The blog, the emotion, the relief it has given you, and the impact sharing this has and will have on everyone who reads it.

    Magnificent Martha!
    3336 days ago
    What an awesome time for you. So glad you've had this opportunity to enjoy the ocean and calming feeling it gives you. Hugs, Jeannie
    3336 days ago
    Beautiful blog Martha! I am so glad that this time is giving some things you needed. Enjoy it while you are there.
    3336 days ago
    Very beautifully written. I feel more relaxed just reading this.
    3336 days ago
    a wonderful and peaceful blog!
    3336 days ago
    you made me salivate here, we don't have ocean , just a sea,which I haven't seen since long time ago. I hate competition and I don't see its point . my only competition is with myself
    3336 days ago
  • SA9CHI
    Water is so...therapeutic!!!
    3336 days ago

    Beautifully written.
    3336 days ago
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    Wow what a blog Martha, I had the sense I was there, I love the ocean and both its beauty and its terror!! I also love the lake I am a waterbaby as my pops called me,that is why we live at a lake.
    Take care and thankyou
    3336 days ago
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