One of my favorite aspects of nature is being by the water. We live by a lake, I love walking down to the falls at the park in our city, and I absolutely adore the ocean. Although we don’t live by the sea, I enjoy getting there as often as I can. This past weekend, we had an opportunity to travel to the east coast for a couple of days, right on the water.
The ocean holds particular fondness for me. As a child, we would spend days during the summer at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, just to be able to run and swim in the waves, walk along the sand and find shells. It was pure heaven, even then. As I got older, it always seemed that myself and some friends or family, would make a trip at least every year to be by the ocean and feel its magic. As an adult, my parents rented a house every year for a decade, front and center on the coast.
I love the sounds, sights and smells of the ocean. I love hearing the roar of the crashing waves as I go to sleep, and I enjoy seeing the calm of the tide while the sun comes up in the morning. Whether it is opening up in me something that feels closed, or it is inspiring me to create where I feel stuck, it always seems to bring to me what I need at any given time. Inspiration. Consolation. Connection. Infinity. Peace.
So much has changed in the form of life for me in the last few years. And, I still at times, struggle with those changes, and accepting them fully. I keep learning to let go, little by little. But yesterday, as we were getting ready to depart from the ocean for another season, I felt connected. I felt one with all that Is. I felt the ocean, not through my senses, but as being part of Everything. I was as much the sand and the waves as I was my own body. Although I have been preparing in so many ways to be less connected to being my own, little entity, I had no idea how far I had traveled in my realization journey to be one with All that Is, in that moment. It felt like everything, and nothing, all at the same time. Feeling without touching.
I Am, more and more, All that Is.