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Our summer in Oregon is really all about being beach-bums, paws and all. I can never get enough of the beach. From grey, moody days of angry waves and rolling fog to brilliant sun-drenched wonders which take your breath away. No matter what I might have been thinking before I go, or how anxious I might feel, or whatever worries were on my mind, once I dig my barefoot toes into that soft, cool sand my mind clears and I “zen” with nature. It happens the very moment I top the dunes and miles of deserted coast dramatically open before me. No matter what the weather I will stand there awed and swept away by nature’s glory. Suddenly I feel the rhythm of waves in my soul, my body relaxes in the most pleasing way and my inner mind says “ahhhhhhh”. I call it beach-meditation….nature’s free therapy if you will.
Interestingly enough there’s actually a bit of science around this phenomenon. The physical act of “grounding” or “earthing” (i.e. putting your bare feet in the ground) is thought to lower cortisol levels, improve immune function and reduce inflammation. So, that feeling of “ahhhhhhh” really does have something to it. I certainly know that whenever I ditch the shoes and feel the ground I get a whole lot more in return. Don’t you?
But this year, in particular, has also been windy. Whoo wheeee! Locals tell me this is one of the windiest summers they remember and it certainly “blows away” our experience from last year (hehe…I’m such a card sometimes). Doggie goes banana-crazy for the beach in any kind of weather, but for the humans in our pack some of our coastal walks have come with free wind transportation and exfoliating facial scrubs. Can you say smooth as a sand-whipped bottom?
I don’t mind though, honestly I don’t. I LOVE the cooler weather, the crazy moods and….yes….even the nutty wind. By the end of this summer odyssey I should have monk-like serenity combined with rather glorious skin-tone. And all of it for FREE too. Quite the deal and definitely a moment of “ahhhhhhh”.
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