The Calming Effects of the Ocean

This week I am on holidays. My girls and I have traveled down to the Eastern U.S. where we stay with my aunt and visit the beaches of New Hampshire and Maine. It is a week of comfort; visiting with family, eating seafood (we had lobster last night!) and spending much time on the sandy beaches, enjoying the sounds and sights of the ocean with the warmth of the sun beckoning us for a mid afternoon nap.

There is something about the ocean that brings about the most calming effect. I am not sure if it is the vast, infinite landscape, the smell of the freshest of air, the impossible grasp of trying to fathom the enormous and connected ecosystem that exists in the sea. Whatever it is, it reminds me of how small we are in this universe; bringing about a sense of humility that centers us.

I read this quote by John F. Kennedy once that resonated with me and I share it with you now:

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and the ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore; we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy

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2 thoughts on “The Calming Effects of the Ocean”

  1. That is absolutely beautiful and feels so true! It got me wondering about sounds and hums and crashes of the ocean and if we emulate it in any of our biological systems, like the moon and the tides are such close siblings.

    • Hi Gurlie, for sure! I don’t actually know if what John F. Kennedy quoted was actual fact but it sounded nice – and plausible, granted how wonderful we feel at the sea 🙂


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