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Sunday, February 2, 2014
Maximum Relaxation in Rockaway Beach
Healing is a Sacred Journey:
Maximum Relaxation on Rockaway Beach
by Virginia Pickles Jones
Many years ago, when my children were little, during the years after my husband and I divorced, I worried how I would support myself and my children. I needed inexpensive fun activities for them and for me. My deepest form of relaxation was resting on the beach while my children played. I brought a simple lunch of fresh salsa, tortilla chips, sodas in plastic bottles and Pepperidge Farm cookies, spread out a couple of beach towels and a picnic cloth and stayed the whole day. One of my favorite places to go was Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Now I am sharing Rockaway Beach with you.
Close your eyes and breathe in slowly and deeply…..
Think of what you are feeling.
Are you relaxed and happy? Stressed and anxious? Or just numb?
Go for a walk on Rockaway Beach. Take the kids. Take the dog. All will be content.
First, take off your shoes and feel the grains in the sand between your toes. Walk down the beach.
Walk along the water’s edge south to the Twin Rocks.
Walk down the sand strip between town and sea.
Relax with friends.
Walk back up the beach. Cross the sand dunes and take a trail to where the strip of houses, shops and cafes lines Highway 101.
Watch the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway train pass by…
After all, how are you going to watch the coastal scenery if the train travels travels quickly?
Cross Highway 101 to Flamingo Jim's were you can find whimsy…
Or a Buddha…
…or two or three…
…laugh, relax, maybe even give Flamingo Jim some money so you can take the whimsy and inspiration home with you.
Walk back up the beach….
Contemplate a pebble in the sand.
Change your perspective. How does your view of your own life change as you change your perspective?
Play in the stream....
Play on the beach........
Sit on a log and rest for the day.
Close your eyes and breathe...
No need to think, just be…...
Now, what are you feeling?
Relaxed? Concerned? Happy? Scared? OK? Ready to go forward again?