Beach Days: Poetry for the Soul

Gangvie, Benin (image copyright: Alana Garrigues)

(originally posted to my former Of Love + Light website on April 2, 2018)

 

When I feel the need for a little inspiration, I like to head outside. Though my heart belongs to mountains and forests, I also really love water. I’ve been fortunate to live within a couple miles of lakes and oceans and rivers for pretty much my entire life.

 

So today, I wanted to share with you some photos of the beaches that call to me, reminding me to slow down and listen to my inner voice. These photos come from three continents, but they just skim the surface of the beauty that the ocean and shores behold. All of the pictures were taken by me, on my Canon or my iPhone.

 

What do I notice about a beach? The rhythm of the waves, the fog, the clouds, the echo, the shrill screech of the sand, the dunes, the pebbles, the shells, the massive variety of color and grain, the cloud patterns that form over water, the boats, the birds.

 

Every time I walk near the sea, I notice something new. Every time I look to the sky, it is different. Every time I sit in the sand, I remember to breathe more deeply.

 

I love to watch how life recreates in the waves—from the sandpiper digging for dinner, to the dolphin calf jumping after its mother, to the human casting a line or balancing on a board. It reminds me how we are all connected.

 

When I can’t make it the shore in person, I like to look through my photos. Here I share a few of the images that ring poetic in my mind. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Where do you go when you need to quiet the mind and feel the earth? Let me know. Email me at alanagarrigues@gmail.com.

 

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