Self-Care Challenge (Day 67): Going to the Beach

Makena BeachFewer things are more relaxing than lounging beside the sea.

As I sat quietly, I listed to the relentless ocean waves playing a tropical melody as they crashed into the shore, lulling me into a daze, if not a light slumber.

Several years ago, while camping on the Na Pali coast of Kauai, I ran into some locals who explained that the island told them not to work. I could have sworn that I heard similar whispers in the breeze, and my toes, resting blissfully beneath the sand, seemed to hear it too as they made no attempt whatsoever to move.

The mist of the salty water felt cool on my sun-warmed skin, and I felt calm and at complete peace with myself. I was reminded that I am exactly who and what I need to be at this very moment. Being present is so much easier near the ocean. 

It’s amazing how something as simple as going to the beach can be a form of self-care.

Stormy WaterThe space where the vast ocean meets the dry earth is enigmatic. The extreme edges of these two very different worlds form a connection. An irresistible connection.

All creatures–humans included–seem to be drawn to it. And, ironically, the ocean is both calming and invigorating at the same time. The constantly churning water never rests, yet the movement is somehow soothing. 

Even in stormy weather, it manages to maintain its integrity, its authenticity. It is exactly who and what it needs to be at any given moment. And for that reason, it has much to teach us. Perhaps that’s why we are so drawn to it.

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