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Walking Meditation along the Shore of Nantucket Sound

03 Jul

Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard.  I’m originally from Massachusetts, and I’ve been coming to this island every summer but one since 1967 – yikes, that’s 54 years! But the  beauty and sensory impact of this place still surprises me each time I return.  I just went for my first walk along the shore of Nantucket Sound.  It was an overcast morning with a light, salty mist, so it’s like getting a spa facial spray (only gentler) as you walk along to the soft rhythm of waves lapping the shore.  Sea birds and ducks sit in quiet dignity out on the rocks, patiently waiting for the day to start in earnest.

The other side of the road is bursting with wild, natural growth: beach plum shrubs competing for real estate with honeysuckle, cranberry bushes, salt spray roses and wild grasses. Crazy, fragrant beauty!  …even in this color-subduing mist, it’s a jumble of vibrant blossoms of fuchsia, yellow, orange, pink and white, surrounded by 20 shades of green. (There’s also a devil-may-care strain of poison ivy scalloping the road, and the stuff that grows here is so potent, it’s to be stepped around ever so respectfully.  I once tumbled into it from my bike, and kept the dermatologist busy for a good 6 months.) 

So that’s evolved into my morning meditation here, and it’s a no-brainer to just take in these sights, sounds, smells, tastes and skin sensations at least once a day.  Rain or shine, it clears my brain.  

Still, the mind will wander – it’s what minds do, after all.  And when I’m first back here, mine goes to how the phones need batteries, the router needs replacing, there’s no hot water because the furnace has glop in the filter and the winter gremlins have bafflingly moved the damn furniture around and hidden the silverware.  

But one walk along the shore and the old monkey mind gets a course correction, and I’m back to peace and gratitude.  I do love this place.

Happy summer to you all!  Take care and be well.

All best,