I grew up in the mountains of western North America during a time when we could run wild in the mountains and get into trouble while enjoying their splendor. I first saw the ocean when I was 13 years old in Southern California. The water was cold, the sun was hot, I had fun but got terribly sunburnt. The next time I interacted with the ocean was in Normandy France in the wintertime and I was always cold from the humidity; I don’t like being cold like that where you feel like you never get all the way warm.
As an adult I have had more and more interactions with the ocean but through my most recent adventure those interactions have become more profound.
I live in a European coastal town with our home only a short walk from two different beaches. As many nights as possible I walk to these beaches and spend time meditating, praying, singing, chanting, and even yelling to release tension. I also started learning to surf. This time interacting with the ocean has slowly changed my perspective about many things.
From pondering about why our bodies have so much water in them to the mechanisms of the sun and moon influencing the tides and waves; things about my soul have become more clearly visible through this time with the ocean.
I have prided myself on being analytical and wanting evidence to support a viewpoint so I have very little to offer to support this statement; there is something nourishing and healing to my soul and life with the ocean. I feel an energy that I can only describe as calming and peaceful yet fierce and dangerous at the same time. I have a feeling that the ocean is alive and has her own energy so I call her Mother Ocean and I feel safely protected and comforted in her womb when I am with her. The only evidence that I have is the change in me; the peace that I feel, the growth that I feel.
My mantra before beach surf: Mother Ocean I come to you to feel your beauty and love. With tenderness draw from me all that no longer serves my soul. With the Sun’s energy in your waves bring more light and love into my heart. Mother Ocean embrace me with your love and if today my life ends carry my soul to the center of universal love.