Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kinship



Every time I encounter the ocean, I wonder how anyone could doubt that the earth is a living being. Just like you or me, the earth is constantly in motion, shifting and changing, aging, renewing itself. The continents are sliding around, one over the other not that differently than the way your shoulder blade (for instance) shifts itself up and down as you move your arms around. Mountains are growing and are also being eroded, so like our human bodies over the span of our lifetimes. I can understand the need for volcanic eruptions - I've experienced microcosmic versions of this phenomenon more times than I care to admit, even though it's perfectly natural. Rivers and springs flow just like the blood in our veins, down into the oceans. I could go on and on, talk about weather and seasons, blah blah blah. I won't - you get the idea, right?

We, just like this planet, are watery beings along with some structural components, i.e. minerals, and adornments of flora and fauna. It thrills me to think of myself as part of the family that includes Brother Sun and Mother Earth, it makes me proud. That's just one more reason why it's so good to connect with the oceans whenever possible. It's such a powerful reminder that I belong right here - in this body, on this unbelievably beautiful planet. There's no place like home.

14 comments:

Rothko said...

My favorite beaches are the rocky ones in Northern California. I definitely feel that connection there.

Reya Mellicker said...

I used to periodically rent a cabin on the cliffs of southern Mendocino County. It was a funky cabin, but comfortable, but the best part was the hot tub overlooking the Pacific. Pure bliss, staying there.

The Atlantic is so different than the Pacific - But - I've never walked across a beach that didn't feel like family.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

What a beautiful picture, what a wonderful post - I echo your sentiments entirely. There is something very homecoming about the ocean, isn't there - I love long beach walks with the sound of the surf filling my ears.

Steve said...

Fabulous!

I've never understood how people can live far away from the ocean...probably just because I never have. I'm sure Kansas is a beautiful place in its way, but I think I would dry up there just like a jellyfish.

Lynne said...

I know exactly how you feel. I spent lots of blissful time getting to know the Caribbean Sea on our vacation. Hypnotic and mesmerizing watching wave and wave ... it fills me with peace.

d. chedwick bryant said...

My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the Sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

~ Longfellow

Lori Witzel said...

Thanks so very much for this. I could put this on a never-ending loop and go to sleep with the sound every night.

Interesting how different the Atlantic, the Gulf, and the Pacific feel to me. I miss the ocean, and this video snippet made me smell remembered salt air, that damp and briny organic breath.

Reya Mellicker said...

No one can ever forget that damp and and briny organic breath.

Longfellow?? THANK YOU!!

Washington Cube said...

Reya? I'm with you. I am at home at the shoreline. Absolutely at home. Even in the cold. Even in the snow. Even in hurricanes.

Scenic Artisan said...

have a good birthday dear.

may your year be beautiful

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

brought me back to the Gulf of Mexico and the sound of the waves at night. Thank you for that Reya.
BTW I see a reference to birthday. Is it yours? Are best wishes in order? (If not you may use them up anyway and apply them to having a great day)

faerosedesigns said...

Happy Birthday!

Gary said...

Reya I feel exactly the same way about appreciating this time I have to share this beautiful world, grateful for this body and for the wonderful people I come into contact with everyday. For the possibilities of new friendships, sharing perspectives and pondering the impossible. This is such a poetic, peaceful post (the ocean does me good) and I wanted to share with you that you make me smile and feel content. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have lost all your beautiful photography when I access you at work but today....the ocean popped up, absolutely alone among your art....all the better to see and hear and feel its power and the power of your eye...