Seasons change. Do we need to make some changes too? What habits have we developed? It is a good habit to look at your life’s goals with each season. I have to admit the thought of change makes me feel uneasy, even stressed. Time to take a deep breath. For now, I’m living in the moment and going with the flow.
During the month of September, I always feel I have to get in my last bit of beach time to ride the waves. This is when the water temperature of the Pacific Ocean in Malibu California reaches its highest of 70 degrees. The ocean refreshes me.
This year, 8/22 -8/29, Tropical Storm Marie was active. The waves were massive and pounded down hard damaging the Malibu Pier and the coast line. I wondered how surfing was after the storm and with a sense of adventure, I headed down the Malibu coast on the P.C.H., Pacific Coast Highway.
The P.C.H. has a beautiful view of the coastline, comparable to Maui of the Hawaiian Islands. In these waters it is not unusual to see dolphins playfully jumping the waves and sometimes even spy sea lions, seals and whales.
The P.C.H. descends down towards sea level to one of my favorite spots, Zuma Beach, a long stretch of sand for beach lovers. I enjoy the big waves that are great for body surfing or boogie boarding. Both surfing techniques vary when taking in a wave and it is always a workout to fight the strong tide to catch the waves. Usually the waves propel me for a long ride to the shore. Sometimes my sister Linda joins me.
To my surprise, the storm caused the beach to shrink considerably. The ocean looked unpredictable. However, almost every wave curved with a thrashing impact close to the shore. I ventured into the water and noticed that the storm had left its mark. The surface under the water was now uneven and small rocks swirled erratically with the ocean. The waves were too rough to use a boogie board but I was able to get the nerve to body surf. The rides were crazy, maybe I was too! Good thing I’m limber because the water had me curving this way and that way, similar to a roller coaster. I even felt acrobatic when I did a double roll-over with a wave. It was fun and scary at the same time. When I thought I had enough, I began hiking my way through the tide towards the shore. That’s when a big wave knocked me over when my back was turned to bring me to my knees.
“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven”
- Lyrics, musical artists, The Byrds
MIND AND SPIRIT RENEWAL
Life brings me to my knees in prayer when I am knocked down. With all the troubles in the world, not to mention the troubles under my own roof, I can find peace knowing that God is in charge. The last Psalm sums it up. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Alleluia.” – Psalms 150:6
Like the ocean, I yield to the power and glory that created the universe. In this consciousness, I can flow like water, I can refresh those on my path and eventually wear down the stones in my path. Every season and every day can be a time to reflect, heal, Relax-n-Renew.
Peach or Pear Supreme (seasonal), a simple, no-baking dessert/snack
- 4 peaches/nectarines or pears
- Heaping tablespoon of almond butter
- Drop of vanilla flavor
- 1 teaspoon of agave syrup or honey
- 8 large graham crackers
Slice/chop fruit in large pieces. Stir fruit with the almond butter until creamy. Put a heaping tablespoon of mixture on top of a crispy graham cracker or cookie.
*This dessert is a perfect solution for fruit that is over-ripe.
Exercise renews and benefits your body in many ways. Here’s a YouTube Playlist of one minute exercises, hosted by Marianna Riccio:
“You Got The Power” Fitness
“We share the ocean connecting us, always changing, ever constant, tossed by the storm, sometimes calm, ever flowing to shores near and far.” – Maria Lauren
We are connected to each other, yet separate and No Man is an Island. With all the unrest in the world, I can’t help but remember the horrors of 9/11. The flag display at Pepperdine University in Malibu on PCH is a massive memorial – The Power of Remembering: 9-11.
As I finish writing this blog, I am in my backyard pensively thinking of the many sorrows in the world that weigh heavily on my heart. I feel helpless but I hear the birds singing in the background and that reminds me to be in the moment and appreciate the beauty of nature. The seasons change and each season brings a special beauty to the world and a time to share your distinctive talents and blessing.
Connecting in love and going with the flow,
Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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