Being on the coast is a constant invitation to stop and rest; to be in stillness.
There’s something about the beach that invites you to stop. To savor.
Perhaps it’s the way all four elements come together, or the rhythms of the waves.
This was my vision. I’m not here on vacation. I have been working. It feels different because it’s a different pace.
I am slowing down, allowing stillness in my days. I’m reconnecting to my natural rhythms.
Wayne Muller explains how everything in nature follows a circadian rhythm. We can force organisms to entrain to a different rhythm by using artificial stimuli.
When you remove the artificial stimuli, the organism entrains back to its natural rhythm.
This is true for humans as well.
We live such harried and hectic lives, always going and doing everything from one thing to the next. In our instant gratification, 24/7 culture, we can get entrained to a rhythm that isn’t ours.
We race to get to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing.
What’s your plan? Where are you going? When will you arrive?
When we slow down, when we rest, when we breathe, we give ourselves the space to revert back to our natural rhythm.
For me, this happens at the beach. The rhythm of the waves pulls me back. I reconnect.
In slowing down we rediscover our true nature, our true rhythms, and the truth of who we are.
Breathing the ocean air, feet on the sand, wind blowing my hair, tasting the salty water in my mouth.
There is no place to go. No rush.
I have arrived.