Sunday, March 20, 2011

Soul Moments

"The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves."

A few days ago we were on a mini beach vacation.  It was a birthday present from the man, a three day getaway.  Our room was 711 which in this casino town is considered lucky.  And yes we played a little roulette and won on our room number more than once.  We dined out every night, which for us is something quite special given we rarely go out to eat.  We got to spend some quality time without the technological distractions of life. Overall it was delightful.

Truth be told though the real delight came on the beach.  Oh yes the temperatures are still rather chilly here on the east coast but that doesn't stop a true beach lover.  We had a beach front hotel so the ocean was only steps away.  If it had not been rather chilly I probably would have been on the beach from morning until evening, as no matter the season the beach touches my soul in ways I cannot truly describe in word.

Oh I can sit on the beach and stare at the ocean all day.  No books, music, or anything else to occupy my soul while at the beach, as the beauty of the nature that surrounds me is all I need.  Although I must admit to share it with those I love, to share that moment together, makes it feel even more special.

Have you ever had a soul moment?  Where you feel like you are home, a moment where your whole body is overwhelmed with happiness, a feeling of awe toward life and your surroundings.  Well being on the beach, feeling the sand, listening to the ocean, smelling the salt air and touching the beautiful shells does to me.  It transports my soul to a whole new level of being.  It captivates my soul. 

Having once lived by the beach in California, it is something I think about everyday as I miss living steps away from the beach, I miss being able to sit and look at the sea.  I miss all the sounds, smells, and feelings that go along with living in a beach town.  And my soul longs to live by the beach again.  But for now I can only be grateful for those moments I do get to spend at the beach.  Those soul moments of life, that make me remember what living is truly all about. 

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

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