The Ocean In Fall

November 07, 2012 12:29

After Hurricane Sandy, I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived in Ocean City, Maryland this past Sunday.

Our local news said there was quite a bit of damage, but I didn't see much, other than beach erosion and some problems at the other end of the boardwalk.  

I went to the ocean for a Convocation, a kind of spiritual retreat.  I needed it more than I realized, and as I sat on my balcony and saw the beach and ocean waves, I knew this is where I was supposed to be for a couple of days.

Although I've made trips to the beach over the last couple of years, it's been forever since I've spent real time there, and I was not disappointed with my visit.  Do you have a place where you escape from time to time, looking for a recharge?

For me, it's the ocean.  Walking on the beach, praying and thinking, enjoying the cold wind on my face, a peace flooded over me.  There were very few others on the beach, and more than once, I was all by myself as I walked along the shore.

In my mind, I was thinking about how said it was that in the busy-ness of my life, I hadn't made time to make it to the ocean for a really long time.  I made the commitment to myself that I wouldn't let that happen again.  The trip is downright cheap in the fall.  They probably pay you to stay there in the winter :)

In the end, I was reminded of the importance of taking care of ourselves.  Many people I know have been absolutely drained by the election race that ended very late last night.

Now, in more ways than one, it's time to take care of ourselves a bit, getting our spiritual house in order, and de-stress, if that's what we need.

As I left Ocean City, I drove with a sense of peace that I hadn't felt for a while.  I was grateful for it, and I promised myself that it wouldn't be too long until I would walk on the beach again.  It was just what the doctor ordered.

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