On a Beach Walk: No. 38

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I like walking the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

No matter the day, one can rely on the waves. Some days they bring water ashore with a gentle, velvet touch. Other days as a thunderous and splashing roar.

Some days the moving water is actually a gentle roll allowing boats to smoothly glide. Other days the water violently toss vessels as if they are a small toy in a bathtub.

I think of the waves representing the ups and downs of life. The good days – the difficult days. I think of the parallels that these waves have with other waves as sound, light, radio, x-rays, microwaves, and infrared.

I think of waves signifying the euphoria of successes and personal highs, then the depths of grief and despair.

I think of waves representing the wide range of human emotions from calm to rage.

I think of waves as numerous metaphors in art, literature, and life.

I think of waves representing a link between the conscious and subconscious – that is the waves washing ashore are where the conscious and subconscious meet – therefore representing the tears of sorrow moving across one’s face.

I think of waves away from the shore and the energy the possess – the energy motivating one to catch the wave – the same energy that can tumble one into the abyss below.

Yet, the waves are one of the factors why walking the beach is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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47 thoughts on “On a Beach Walk: No. 38

      • A lovely series, Frank.
        Walking along the beach is something I’ve always loved. Haven’t done very much of it the passed decade or so. However, this year, as I’ve mentioned to my partner Keith, I want to walk the beach this Summer; there is something almost meditative like when strolling between the dry sand and the ‘just wet’ sand – with the occasional little wave lapping the feet. Gosh, I almost feel I’m there now!

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  1. You’ve added another thought stream for my next walk on the beach. Waves, by the way, are important in the performance of musical phrases. Human beings characteristically sing songs and play instruments utilizing a wave-like variety of softer and louder volume levels (crescendos and diminuendos) in a process called “dynamic shaping.”

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  2. “I think of waves representing a link between the conscious and subconscious – that is the waves washing ashore are where the conscious and subconscious meet – therefore representing the tears of sorrow moving across one’s face.”

    This is a beautiful paragraph, Frank. I will remember this next time I’m watching the waves–it’s poetry! When I watch the gulls line up on the shoreline both early morning and again at sunset I always sense they’ve collected to embrace the rhythm of the waves and it’s a peace-giving ritual, even for a bird. Beautiful!

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    • Debra,
      Thank you for the kind words about this post – especially the paragraph you mentioned. Because I know you embrace your own beach walks, I’m thrilled to know that this series has enhanced your experience.

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  3. Really like the way waves can represent ups and downs in life – and your post is succinct and I sighed with closing thought of how the beach walk
    “is good for the mind, body, and soul ”
    Well
    Said

    We are two hours from the ocean and wish we were a bit closer

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    • Yvette,
      Glad you enjoyed the symbolism in this post. After all, waves are very symbolic for much of life. You mentioned the closing thought. I came up with that phrase when I started this series, therefore I like starting and closing each walk that way. 🙂 … and when readers feel refreshed, I smile. Thanks.

      Interesting how distance is relative. Two hours seems both far and close … Far enough that a round-trip for you would occupy much of a day – but your are much closer than my 10 hours.

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      • hahah – well you sure do start with that and thanks for noting it so graciously – “is good for the mind, body, and soul ” hahahh
        and I have not read too many of your walk posts (although you have pointed me towards a couple that I plan to peek at later)
        and what – you are ten hours from a beach?
        I thought you walked and wrote your beach posts – hmmm
        and there is a beach (Yorktown and couple others) we can access in about an hour – but not the full east coast beach – and then often – the two hours can become 3 or more because the state of virginia has not expanded the two lane highway that gets you to and from (although it is slowly expanding and will soon be widened throughout – woo hoo – it is a major artery and is long overdue)

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