“Smell the sea, feel the breeze, hear the ocean, be at ease.”
There’s something infinitely restful about time spent by the ocean. Even if it’s just an hour spent by its side, I always leave feeling as though I’ve been hugged by my best friend and my energy replenished.
This is where I was last weekend, camped at secluded Blanket Bay in Cape Otway National Park, which wrapped us in its magic.
Inhale, exhale, sometimes you just have to go with the waves.
Or anywhere nature beckons.
Where else can you go to soak up the sun, soak up the silence and soak in a sudden downpour?
Where can you go to calm down and feel your pulse race in the same moment?
Where can you go to find that balance that reminds you that you’re alive.
Where can you go to breathe deeply and dream.
You sit by the ocean or you go within.
It’s easy to find that peace when you’re by the waters edge and to find those secluded spots that spark the imagination.
Walking close to the shore is like food for the soul but the beauty is also found in the drive there.
For getting there was just as much fun as the destination.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Great Ocean Road, this is one of the most loved and spectacular coastal roads in Australia, with sweeping views at every bend.
It stretches for 243 kilometers from Torquay to Allansford and was built by returning soldiers from WW1 between 1919 and 1932. It’s the world’s biggest War Memorial.
Let me take you for a short drive.
It’s easy to feel a bit like Thelma or Louise, with the window down, the music up loud and the sound of the waves below. You feel at one and so free, with the sweeping road that twists and turns to endless horizons and sea views around every corner.
I’ve driven down this road countless times but I never get tired of it. Whether summer or winter the ocean swells and shows its dramatic ever changing moods. Just like us.
When I got home the dramas and the demands of life rushed back in. We’re in the thick of some big financial and business changes in our life and my moods swing daily between excitement and extreme nerves.
Just like waves crashing on rocks, it doesn’t take much to feel overwhelmed and I’ve realised what part of the problem is. I’ve learnt how to surf too well.
And I’m not talking about those waves!
I’ve become overwhelmed with the checking of social media, with answering comments, Instagram and Facebook posts in the morning. Together with the intense marketing journey I’ve embarked on it’s doing my head in.
It’s there tantalising me, before I do anything else, before I even have breakfast. My focus turns to the rest of the world instead of my own intentions, before my day even begins. It can’t be healthy, so today I resisted. I ignored my phone and all of its notifications. Everything would still be there, waiting for me, when I was ready and sure enough it was.
I took Harry for a walk instead, something I’ve neglected lately and I relished being outside, breathing deeply, before coming home to breakfast and a clear set of priorities for the day. I didn’t check my phone once.
Does anyone else feel this overwhelming pull and distraction of social media and the challenge to keep up with everything and manage life?
I remind myself it’s all about balance.
Learning to navigate all the joys and challenges of the online world (of which there are many) whilst managing all the big changes that are happening in my real life is a fine art.
When it all gets a bit much I remember what it felt like to breathe in that sea air at Blanket Bay.
It felt invigorating, yet calming. It felt like I could breathe properly and focus.
That’s what the beach does, it allows us to take a step back, slow things down and put everything in perspective.
Inner peace begins with listening to the breath. Taking time to focus on the ultimate gift of life and waking up to clear focus and intentions for the day.
Trust that all is well and, if there’s no beach close by, close your eyes and hear that ebb and flow, imagine those waves swirling at your feet and the warm sand between your toes.
Inhale, exhale, remember you just have to go with the waves.
Breathe deeply and know that, wherever you are, life is beautiful.
In love and light as we keep finding that balance and enjoying the journey.
In response to Frank’s TPC: Breath
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