Saturday, October 27, 2012
It was a gorgeous October day here in Hawaii and I almost had the entire beach to myself. The water was so beautiful, so many different shades of turquoise and cobalt blue, the white sand soft and inviting. I went out and played, really played in the waves. I played with them, jumping up, then diving under, the whole time giggling with delight like a child. It was so wonderful, and a reminder of why I moved here, why I love it so much. Afterwards I laid in the sun, tired but happy. It was warm but not too hot, and the shadows from the overhanging trees danced on my face as fluffy, white heart-shaped clouds drifted overhead. Truly Paradise. I felt so relaxed and at peace, so happy and carefree.
I've always felt closer to God/Spirit/The Source when I'm out in nature. I feel more myself. I think that's because when you are surrounded with natural beauty, you are connecting with the deepest, most authentic part of yourself. It's a connection with part that's pure energy, the life-force of this world, and of all natural beings in it, whether plant, animal, or mineral. When surrounded by nature, you are in your element, reminded of who you are, a tiny integral part of the grand design of the Universe. "We are each a cell in God's body." My friend Keoni gave me that quote, and I love it as it precisely describes how I have come to think of myself and the connection between us all. I truly feel a part of that greater whole when I am out in the grandeur and beauty of nature.
Lying on the beach that day I felt safe, loved, and cared for like a small child who can nap knowing watchful parents are close by. I felt as if all was right with my world. This is what the beach does for me, restores my balance, clears the worries and anxieties of modern life from my mind. I am learning how much the Polynesian culture has to teach the modern world. Clearly they are right about spending time in the ocean. So I'm putting away the computer and heading to the beach!
Love and light to all.