Thursday, February 23, 2012

go with the flow...


There's a lesson in listening to water. Waves crash against the beach. Rapids on a river. The rain outside your front door. At the seaside, it stretches endlessly into a world of infinite potential. On the banks of a river, it swiftly flows along a quickly-paced ride. The drumming of raindrops, a dull staccato, drowns out all other noise. It's as if these sounds were designed to induce me into a meditative state, whispering a soothing message quietly in my ear. "Relax," it tells me, "Trust the current. Just let go."

Can you hear it too? You walk towards the edge of the ocean and close your eyes, the sounds of the surf fill your senses as the soft, repetitive ripples lap against your toes, your ankles, sometimes rolling up the back of your calves. You curl your toes into the sand, rooting yourself to the earth, fusing your energy to mother nature's becoming one in this powerful moment. Somewhere in all this, the tension that's been clinging to you releases from your body, relaxation setting in as your shoulders sink back into their true position. Opening your eyes, you look down, feel the power of the moment, and realize you've learned how to go with the flow.

But what if you don't live near the ocean or a river, and a rainy day in nowhere in sight? I like to sink my body into a steaming, hot tub, close my eyes, and listen to the water splash around me. That works just fine, and I think it just might work for 68beats too.

Holly ~ Soupatraveler

provocation

provocation by 68beats

12 comments:

urban muser said...

I can't remember the last time I took a good soak Holly. I wish I could do it right now, but I feel more relaxed just looking at these photos.

Cathy said...

Hi,
I just want to say that I LOVE this blog, and the posts you all put up here...I'm new to the blog.. the business.. photography.. and am trying to soak everything all up at once.. :) Seems whatever/whoever happens to be posting daily... has just what I need... So thank you ladies...you inspire, and encourage...I appreciate all of you. Keep up the great work!

Dorian Susan said...

2 really cool images. Love the healing soothing effects of water.

leighlovedesign said...

Your photo immediately relaxes me Holly! On nights when I have trouble sleeping I take myself back to summers in Laguna Beach, California and I can hear the waves crashing on the beach and it always helps to calm my mind and put me to sleep. Even from landlocked Oklahoma :)

Staci Kennelly said...

Such a beautiful post. I can sit and listen to water for hours on end. I love this tub shot.

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

both of these photos are so lovely and make me want to sink into the water and just be.

Anna said...

Hi Holly,
Water is certainly a meditation, regardless of the form! Loving the way your words flow! Fun images.

damiec said...

really beautiful, Holly. I've seen a bunch of these soak shots, and this is by far my most favorite. the pov and that lovely blue are why. I've never really cared for the tub, but the ocean is a powerful drug for me. and I can see it in this shot & feel instantly relaxed.

mosey (kim) said...

I too love a good long soak. And my hubby always laughs at me whenever we are hiking or anywhere out in the woods and come upon a stream or a pool of water because my shoes are off in an instant and I am in it.

Kirstin said...

Beautiful, Holly.

tara on the wander said...

gorgeous shots, holly, and beautiful words, too! and hee-hee you know i love a good #fromwhereisoak shot.

SuperDewa said...

I'm a shower girl, but your post may push me back into the tub. The colors in your photo are gorgeous, and I love the tension in 68beats' photo.

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