Have to confess, I was feeling a little down yesterday afternoon. Hate those feelings of being overwhelmed with frustration, worry, and just plain cranky. I pride myself on being positive and upbeat most of the time, and have learned, especially in the past 2 years, that all things will pass. It's just the waiting for them to pass that makes me a little antsy... Does this ever happen to you? You know.. that prickly, uncomfortable yucky feeling?
My solution, usually, is to take myself for a walk at the beach. I need this "zen" time, and am keenly aware of it especially when I get into a funky gray mood. REALLY trying to soak up what is surrounding me; the sight and smell the late spring coastal blooms, I listen to the ocean wind, the sweet call of seabirds, the crashing surf, marvel at the sun glinting off of the majestic Pacific Ocean, and simply enjoy the warmth of the sun's rays soaking into my skin. Within a short 5 minute time-frame, I am myself again.
Drove to Half Moon Bay late yesterday afternoon, walked a different way than I usually do, and discovered a whole new stretch of beach to walk on. Shallow tide pools full of neon green sea anemones to explore, new rocks to climb over, new shells to pick up, a whole new view to see...
Isn't that the way real life works too? Turn the corner from your well-worn path, the tried and true, and all of a sudden new thoughts flood your brain with inspiration? You begin to see your "issues" in a whole new light, easily solvable, or at least manageable, and no longer overwhelming.
How quickly I was once again reminded that my problems and worries are simply a grain of sand.... very finely worn sand....
Ahhhhh.... Much needed (required!) beach walk. Warm sun, golden sand, gentle sea breeze, pretty shells in my pocket. Oh, and for the bonus treat, a few pieces of tiny sand-surf kissed sea glass.
I feel so much better. Now, I have a new place to take Tom for a picnic! Going to the grocery store this afternoon to pack up for a romantic moonlight walk, complete with a nice red wine, yummy cheese, maybe some crusty crunchy french rolls...
I am so lucky.
The beach is just SO healing and centering for many of us. Thank you for sharing this...
Woot! Woot! Sea shells my favorite!!
What a gorgeous beach, and wonderful treasures you found! Glad you're feeling better :) ♥
Amazing what the sea can do for the soul isn't it?
Oh, how I long to walk on a beach (which I haven't been to in ages) and pick up seashells. Admire the majesty of the water. You're lucky to be able to do that. I don't live remotely near a beach!
Sounds like me... taking a walk by the sea always helps to clear my head and heart.
Wonderful calming images, I love your site!!
Art by Karena
Yes, dear girl, you ARE very lucky! To walk on the beach whenever you'd like....heavenly.
I find that many of my ideas for writing come when I am outdoors, either walking the dog or riding on my bicycle. There is just something so freeing about being in nature and taking the time to slow down and breathe. Beautiful pictures!
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