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

On day 67 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I eased into my vacation by going to the beach.

Fewer things are more relaxing than lounging beside the ocean.

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

Several years ago, while camping on the Na Pali coast of Kauai, we 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. 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 peace. 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.

The 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, not just humans, seem to be drawn to it. It’s 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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