Solitary coastlines

WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: AM

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” - W.H.Auden

The simple task of taking off my shoes and walking barefoot along the shoreline connected me with the earth in a different way, through this simple task I felt grounded in myself like never before and with an increased sense of awareness of my immediate surroundings my energy levels began to increase. Being by the sea for us, is a simple shortcut to happiness and as we all know, happiness spreads and happy people take better care of themselves and those around them.

The proximity to the water floods the brain with feel good hormones and reduces our stress, therefore increasing our ability to focus. We are naturally and instinctively drawn to it, to connect with it. No-one walks along its edge and remains untouched, the aura permeates to our very core. It is enchanting, captivating and beautiful.

Its smell - tingles within our noses, offering a sense of relaxation from the fresh salinity. Its taste - delights us with its saltiness. Its touch - the transdermal absorption brings the waters healing powers into our bodies. Its sound -  as the waves lick the shoreline, the relaxation overwhelms us. Its sight - inspires calm, energises and reduces our stress levels. 

In short, the words of Jacques Cousteau ring true “the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”. That a simple walk along the coastline could be so powerful.

DECEMBER 2016