“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.” Morihei Ueshiba
Oh how I love the ocean! Even though I was born & raised in Colorado (and maybe because of this!) I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. Not that I really love to swim, but I love to just be near….and to walk through the waves. To hear the rhythmic crashing. To feel the sand between my toes. To feel waves of openness and possibility beckoning with each wave that washes over my feet and back out to sea. To gaze out over vast open waters and just feel peace and contentment.
This summer was our first beach vacation as a family, and the kids were quickly drawn to the mystery and newness of the beaches and water. Of course they were enthralled with the sand and finding shells, crabs, and various other tangible delights.
I was ecstatic and grateful to find that even with the chaos of a big family vacation, I was able to carve out some quiet moments. And the ocean helped wash out the sounds of chaos during other not so quiet moments! The kids had an amazing time with their cousins and the endless entertainment of the beach and each other. And I actually started jogging again!! The sea level running felt so amazing that I managed to go most every day …..first long runs since my full marathon in 2000!