Nature does not hurry, and yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu
One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to spend time by the ocean. I pack my backpack with an inspirational book, a writing journal, and something to sit on. Off I go to a local beach.
The entire time I am at the beach is a meditative experience. When I get out of my car, before I begin my walk to the beach, I spend a few moments inwardly to say hello to the ocean and thank her to give me this opportunity to spend time with her.
I love strolling down the beach. The sound of ocean immediately transports me to a place of happiness and joy. The view of ocean reminds me eternity is ever new, limitless, and expansiveness.
After the walk, I like to find a quiet spot on the beach to sit and just be. My sitting (meditation) usually starts by gazing at the ocean. I am always amazed when I look at ocean waves. Ocean is an ancient being. She is over billions of years old and yet she is never tired of letting her waves rise and fall over, over, and over again. Have you noticed: not one single wave is the same as the other one?
With my eyes either opened or closed, I then switch my focus to listen to the sound of the ocean for a few minutes. Just let the sound of ocean to envelop every port of my being. The sound of ocean soothes and comforts me.
If it happens to be a sunny morning or afternoon, with my eyes closed, I then switch my focus to the point between my eyebrows and a little bit above where the third eye chakra (a chakra is an energy center) is located and feel the warmth of the sunlight around the third eye chakra for a few minutes or as long as I can. I end my meditation by silently saying “thank you” in my heart for the opportunity to be able to meditate by the ocean.
I warmly invite you to find time this week to spend time by the ocean to walk, to meditate, or simply to enjoy the view if you can. You’ll be pleasantly surprised your body, mind and spirit will be relaxed, renewed, and recharged by spending time with nature.
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.