By The Ocean With My Thoughts

The sound of water says what I think.

― Zhuangzi

 

There’s this feeling I get whenever I walk onto a beach at night time. The darkness everywhere, the unspoken strength and mystery of the strong ocean ahead of me, the stillness of the air, and the intimacy felt when I’m sitting on the sand. The inevitable introspective thoughts immediately take up residence in my head the moment my feet hit the cool sand. It’s as if I’ve opened up a door to a different world. I’ve left my reality for only a bit and everything from my everyday life is no longer apart of this temporary world I’ve stumbled into.

 

There’s a reason I love the beach so much. Because the feeling I described above cannot be replicated, for me, by anything else. No matter if I go to the beach for a day, a weekend or a whole week, I try to save at least 30 minutes of my trip to step down to where the ocean meets the sand after the sun has gone down.

 

I’ve sat with friends, with family, with my boyfriend and at times just myself. No matter what, there’s always meaningful conversation and deep thoughts that I hadn’t been able to find before.

 

I’ve found inspiration, grew closer in faith, came to realizations, wondered endlessly and learned a lot about myself by the water. I’ve also argued, been blue with sadness, made mistakes, ignored true happiness, pushed people away, and built walls by the water.

 

No matter what it’s been about, no matter who I’m with or if I’m alone, the water has always been able to tell me what I was already thinking–no matter if I was aware of it or not.

 

Stress Relief Tip: Find a Meditation Method That Works For You

  
Stress relief tip: find your own method of mediation
Every day we experience new stress and come across new bumps in the road. Spoonies specifically face unpredictable days every day. The best way to deal with this stress and life’s complications, is to find a way to meditate, relax, and bring peace to your mind. 
One way for me is to do yoga. Even though I can’t always practice yoga because of my headaches, when I’m feeling well enough, I try to find time to get on my mat. It helps me quiet my mind, strengthen my body, and push aside things that are worrying or bothering me. 
Do any of you all use yoga as a method of personal meditation? What do you do for yourself in order to find peace of mind during times of stress?