Here is the second of my elemental galleries. Click here to see the first: Stone on Earth
These stones rest firmly, while the oceans tides swirl in and out in wild abandon. The wind and the moon can whip the salty waves into fierce frenzies, yet the stones remain serene, calmly waiting for each storm and each high tide to pass. Gradually the ever shifting motion of the sea licks the sharp edges from the steady stones, and they become smooth. Their soft curves invite us to touch them.
Perhaps I can learn the lesson of the ocean washed stone, and allow life’s storms to whirl around me, while I rest firm yet calm within its waves. There is nothing more certain than the rise and fall of the tide, and of future storms to come. However every storm, every crisis will pass, and I might find that some of my sharp edges have been smoothed in the process. By resting firmly I needn’t be picked up and smashed by the storms, and my belief that I can endure and grow whatever is going on around me may strengthen. Perhaps like the smoothed stone in the ocean I will feel easier to approach and be near, with my sharpness washed away. And perhaps I can come to trust a little more each day in life and its ever shifting tides, like the stones in the ocean’s edge.
My mindfulness teacher says that mindfulness teaches us to be the rock in the raging river. Your post and photos beautifully captures the spirit of mindfulness.
It’s such helpful symbolism isn’t it. But still amazingly difficult to achieve on a regular basis 🙂
Wonderful approach to life and look at the colours in those sea smoothed stones – a few storms, a crisis or two and it may bring out all the colours within US. Diversity and hardship are our best teachers.
So true, its during storms when we can really begin to understand our strengths 🙂
Yes, without the storms we never know ourselves.
I like the Sea smoothed stones
Such beautiful shots!
Thank you for letting us visit. I so much want to go see your part of the world now. Meanwhile, I can imagine with those gorgeous photographs.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. The sky, the sea, those rocks…! Ah!
you and your camera are definitely in your element with this gallery – beautifully captured, especially those coloured stones
Greetings from Scotland to the ‘other shore’. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. I’m sure that living on the edge of cold oceans builds resiliance, and amazing people 🙂 That snow storm you had looked extreme, well done on all that digging!
To the westward; far to the west, my ocean is colder. Like yours, it, too, grinds away the sharp edges. We have learned here–the hard way–to try and prevent it from diminishing us while doing that.
Loved your insightful, reflective prose and your beautiful, vibrant images. All the best from the ‘other shore.’