I sat at the edge of the ocean tonight to watch the sunset. The surf was big, bigger than usual for this beach. The water was that beautiful green-blue of the Caribbean sea. There were two surfers calling out to each other joyfully as they rode the waves close to shore. I watched my husband walk down the beach looking for a place to enter the water, searching for an entry point that was more sand than rocks. I admit to being a little worried about him going in with such strong waves, but he loves to swim in the ocean and will attempt a daily dip--no matter what!
As I sat on the warm sand, breathing in the clean ocean air, I felt my heart come to a quiet space. I felt into the power of the elements—the earth that was supporting me, the water that was rolling onto the shore in huge waves, the fire of the sun as it was dipping closer and closer to the horizon, and the air blowing my loose hair about.
It was beauty and peace. It was nature and healing. It reminded me of the amazing healing power of slowing down and immersing in nature. I reflected on synchronicities and how earlier in the morning I was searching for images to publish with a quote from my colleague and teacher, Llyn Roberts. The quote reads: “There’s no better way to feel the power of the elements, and our own power, than by experiencing oneness with nature.” I ended up pairing it with the photo above.
The color of the waves tonight had more green at the crest, but for that, the waves were the same. I felt as though I was experiencing the two dimensional depiction of power I settled on that morning come to life in three dimensions before my eyes.
I could feel the power of the ocean. It’s force and flow and I felt that power in me. As I sat there quietly immersed in nature, I felt all the elements and all their power in my body, in my heart. And in that experience of oneness with nature I felt replenished, renewed and refreshed. The elements took away all the worries that were weighing on my heart and in their place left the gifts of peace and power. Connecting with the elements brought a deep sense of healing. And I knew, once again, that this is why I work with nature to heal all manner of dis-ease and dis-connect.
The sun had sunk below the watery horizon as my husband made his way back to me along the beach. He never made it into the ocean tonight. We will try again tomorrow.