Chair on the beach, morning. Very few other souls on the sandy shoreline, looking out over a vista of paradise, sand, waves, sea, sky. Rays of the sun beating down, skin absorbing energy, turning red and brown, summer hues, erasing winter’s pallid tones.
Toes across sand, over shells and rocks, molted exoskeletons of crabs, seaweed dots the wrack line. The water, still cold on this early June day, laps, beckons. Deeper: ankles, knees, wrists, deep breaths to plunge into the ice, a few minutes and it’s warm enough to realize that this, could be, perhaps, maybe….might be paradise.
Dipping in, it’s cold, the muscles in your body tense up, gooseflesh appears, senses are heightened. The sun beats down, its rays sending needed energy into your heart center, your chakras, you feel alive.
Bobbing chin at sea level, eyes inches from the ocean. All in view is blue and endless horizon. Unspoiled nature, beauty at its simplest and most impressive. As the water dips up and down, the sun hits its crests and curves, creating sparkles, that go on endlessly until the sea hits sky, and even that point is hard to discern. Behind, the waves crash softly, over and over at the shoreline, gently lapping at the sand.
The ocean is wide, Nantucket sound, unspoiled, nothing, nothing but sea and perfect, cloudless blue sky ahead, and the sparkles, like little lights, speckling the sea as you gaze, weightless, submerged in the buoyant water.
Earlier in the morning, on two wheels pedaling down streets that line the coast, five beaches are counted before the journey ends. Craigville and Covell’s, Fortes and Keyes, Veterans and Kalmus. The hour is early and at this time it is quiet and peaceful, the sounds of steps on sand is silent as the whirr of the wheel passes by the beach.
Winter now a distant memory, when socked and booted feet punched holes in snowy coastlines, tires slipped on ice and scarves did little to keep out the wild winds.
Now, we open our bare arms wide to the world, to let the energy in, to feel the Earth’s pulse and hide it away, to open it up on colder days.