6 – Waves

Starting 12th Nov – Thursday walks

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet. 

I like walking at the shoreline – the point where land meets the sea – the land that also continues into the sea. It’s the shoreline that disappears and reappears with each wave – with each tide.

The rhythmic action of waves catches my attention. Each wave washing ashore is different and their terminal points on the sand resemble a changing graph with many peaks and troughs – then the water retreats to interfere with the next incoming wave. 

No matter the day or the time of day, waves are reliable. We can count on them. Some days they bring water ashore with a gentle, velvety touch. Other days as a thunderous, splashing roar. No matter the time of day, waves have a rhythm, but they differ from loud and roaring to a gentle ripple – yet all are refreshing.

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Along with tides, waves move jellyfish – even unwillingly bringing them to shore. Some will die while others will be saved by the waves and tides. Waves also help renew the shore with new shells for shellers to pursue.

Some days the moving water is a gentle roll allowing boats to smoothly glide. Other days the water violently toss vessels as if they are a small toy in a bathtub with a splashing child.

I think of waves as numerous metaphors in art, literature, and life.

Waves represent the ups and downs of life. The good days and the difficult days. Signs of the euphoria of successes and personal highs, plus the depths of grief and despair.  Waves represent the wide range of human emotions from calm to rage and everything in between.  

The crest and troughs of waves are its rise and fall. Moving an object as a boat up and down like the rollercoaster of life whose ups and downs can be a wild ride. The rise and fall resembling our changing moods. Let us not forget the rolling rise and fall movements of a beautiful waltz.

Swimming or even walking against the waves is like going against personal troubles or even problems in the world. Maybe the wind is providing the words of encouragement or caution.

Riding the waves must be a freedom experience. However, surfing involves speed and power traveling along the fine line of life that involves falls, tumbles, and even death on the road to achieving exhilarating glory. Yet, surfers also get back up to try again after the fall and tumble.

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Waves – created by moving water contacting the ocean floor causing the water to surge upward. The wind and other factors also influence waves. Waves act on movable objects by lurching them forward, after which they lower and settle until encountering the next wave.

Relationships with waves are similar to human relationships – each requires patience and understanding. To capture the right photograph of a wave one must wait – be patient – just as a surfer waits to capture the right wave at the right time with hopes of achieving a rewarding exhilaration.

Big and small waves represent our contributions in life. Not that each of us ever develop a new vaccine, make a monumental discovery, or find a cure for cancer – each of us has contributed to humanity in ways that we may not realize through simple acts that impact others – acts that the receiver may pass on to others in the future without us knowing.

Waves represent a link between the conscious and subconscious. That is, the waves washing ashore are where the conscious and subconscious meet. Therefore, waves represent the tears of sorrow moving across one’s face examining the past, present, and future. 

Waves are like sounds of the beating drums of societal chants that seemingly come and go. Yet, waves are ever-present as if they are waiting for their call to action.

Waves resemble the music that builds through crescendos to a peaking moment – the music that can also soften through decrescendos as it brings one back to reality or calm. 

Waves wash away the footprints on the sand – wash away the sign of one’s past presence on that spot – just as Alzheimer’s wipes away the memories. Waves washing cleansing my feet of the bad, but also washing away some good.

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Looking across the water, I see many waves, each surging energy through moving toward the shore. Waves do not seem to cause the surface water to move forward – but the surface bobs up and down as the energy passes.

I think of waves away from the shore and the energy they possess. The energy motivating one to catch the wave – the same energy allowing them to ride high. The same energy that can tumble one into the abyss below. 

Waves are surges of energy in water – energy in transmission – therefore a source that can be captured and transformed into electricity.

I think of the parallels that the waves of the sea have with other waves such as sound, light, radio, X-rays, microwaves, and infrared. All waves transfer energy. All waves carry unique messages, but only the waves I see here can carry messages in a bottle.

Waves are one of the timeless, reliable rhythms of life making our world so grand. They possess mystical powers that unite us with the beauty around us. With all this, how can I not like strolling this place? After all, I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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111 thoughts on “6 – Waves”

  1. Beautiful post dear Frank… Apologies I have been absent from here… Much has been happening also across the Ocean Waves.. and my attention has been within my home waves right now..
    Loved this paragraph Frank
    “Waves represent a link between the conscious and subconscious. That is, the waves washing ashore are where the conscious and subconscious meet. Therefore, waves represent the tears of sorrow moving across one’s face examining the past, present, and future. “..
    I feel this is what is happening in the world right now…. All these waves are crashing in on the shoreline, churning the pebbles up on the beach… creating foam, and froth as the Wind howls as the Fear blows its gale…. But the storm comes whipping up the spray, wetting those who walk on the sea wall,…
    But you know, the wind, and the spray no matter how cold or how sharp it stings the skin at the time, also refreshes and cleanses… For do we not then feel energised and invigorated after coming indoors after walking the storm..
    This storm in the world right now, is doing just that… Waking us UP… Showering us with Truths, as we see the underbelly of the ocean churn and crash…
    And we will ride those waves…. And calm and peace will once again prevail…
    Sending love and Blessings dear Frank…
    Beautiful write.. Loved the pictures and backdrop…
    Hugs hugs and Much love your way ❤
    Sue 🙂

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    1. Sue,
      2020 has unquestionably been quite the different-from-normal year in so many ways. We also know that something prominent in the world at the moment will carry over into 2021. Oh boy! Hang in there!!!

      Glad you enjoyed this walk and thanks for sharing your favorite phrases. You’ve got something here. Your words are a post in itself. Come back, copy/paste them – massage them a little – then boom – you have a post at your end. So outstanding that you need to share them at your end. Of course, I’m thrilled to have sparked your thoughts. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

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    1. Tanvir,
      Welcome first-time walker to my private beach in my little corner of the world. Glad you enjoyed this stroll on the beach. I hope you return for the next walk on Tuesday. Where are you located?

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  2. Ah… waves! …our life is a sequence of waves, as you mention.
    The loud ‘whitenoise’ of waves can overwhelmingly erase any thought from the mind!
    Thank you for another beautiful journey, my dear friend!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Yamas!

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    1. Marina,
      As the terms “loud” and “white noise” contradict each other. But in terms of waves, they fit quite well as their presence do erase the mind. .. well, or at least settle it. 🙂 Love how you thought these terms together in this walk. Thank you for that. Enjoy your weekend, also. Abnormally beautiful stretch of weather for me in November. Yamas!

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      1. If you find yourself by a rocky beach on a windy day, waves crushing on the rocks, you’ll hear that ‘loud white noise’ even more! 😉 Here’s to more beautiful weather and a wonderful weekend, my friend. Yamas!

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  3. Your words allow us to easily walk along the shoreline with you and hear the sounds of the ocean and understand the parallels with life that you “draw” with your words. Thanks for another relaxing way to start a day.

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Good morning. Your comment caused me to smile because I publish at a certain time so the walks are available for European and New World mornings. So thanks for that. Of course, now I must apologize to the rest of the world. Drawing parallels is one of my aims with these walks, so hey – you are making me feel pretty good this morning. Thank you!

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    1. Merril,
      Good morning fellow early bird. Waves are so mesmerizing, you got me wondering – is there anything more mesmerizing? Cheers to us finding much calm on the beach. Enjoy your morning river walk.

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    1. Gwen,
      Perfect – it’s not only the waves and their rhythm – but we have to include the fresh ocean air. Why stop there – the sand too. Oh wait – and the soundscape of the waves, air, and birds. Thanks for walking along and have a great weekend.

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    1. Pam,
      Good morning. Not only is that an acceptable thought – it’s a good thought because I see primal as a good thing … so I am happy that this walk sparked that thought and that you shared it. Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. A moment of Zen, two wave meditations. I like your comparing waves to drums. Sometimes they are rhythmic and soothing one other times pounding and terrifying… Not sure where I’m going here. It that is what my brain is chewing on.

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    1. Sarah,
      Having thoughts to ponder is a good thing. To me, you are on the right track by thinking of the wide range of emotions waves exhibit … soothing, pounding, terrifying, and many more. Well done! Enjoy your weekend.

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  5. Water, whether waves or the tide or a meandering river, is never the same. Each time we see it, it’s different. I guess we are, too. Interesting thoughts today, Frank. The shoreline is certainly a very special place.

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  6. Let’s not forget the Elliot Wave Theory of investing whereby the ebbs and flows of stock prices can be predicted since they respond to investor psychology. Great post, Frank. I always enjoyed watching the wave action and marveled at the changes each day.

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  7. Sometimes I think of waves as words the ocean uses to express itself. It has ever so much to say… The few times in my life when I got to sleep near the sound of waves it felt like the ocean was reading me a long story, lulling me to sleep. Loved the meditation. Thank you.

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    1. Laurie,
      Oceans have their unique sound. So do inland places, and in some ways as consistent – yet all are unique. Glad to know you enjoy the oceans sounds I use with the walks. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Grammy,
      Welcome first-time walker. Waves are so independent from us, so I’m with you in terms of them having a life of their own. Hope you stop by for the next walk on Tuesday.

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  8. That was a nice Sunday morning piece of music, Frank.
    There is a meditative quality to the sound of waves. You can empty your mind and just go with the flow (literally) be in the moment.

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      1. And even though it’s not Sunday, it would be perfect easy listening, don’t you think? Yes, I can’t meditate unless I have something like waves or am walking with camera in hand…

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  9. Waves came in with this place and they’ll go out with it. Your essay brings to mind the age old question of what survives when mankind goes away. The ocean, of course, and those waves doing their thing until there is no more thing to do.

    You supplied a fascinating array of values in relation to what waves do, and what they mean.

    I dig that ending video. 🙂

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  10. A perfect early afternoon morning beach walk.
    I actually intended to be here earlier, but the the whole Joe Biden winning overtook my time. I couldn’t take my eyes and mind off the TV. I thought the CBC coverage was(still is) very good.
    So, it seems I watched a wave happening. One president out, another in. Political elections bring about a sense of “riding a wave” that you mentioned, but on the sea of politics.
    I couldn’t help but think that, as I read all of your reflective analogies. They are honest reflections of life’s gains and losses.
    I enjoyed this walk a lot. I’m at home, but I’ve refreshed the feet in my mind, as I dipped them in yours.
    Thank you!

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    1. Resa,
      Glad to see that you refreshed your feet here on this day. Waves are symbolic of so many think in life. You mention the election – and whew – what a roller coaster! Plus, the gains and loses that occur in most (if not all) aspects of life. Hope you watched the closing video because it’s a good one. 🙂

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    1. Monika,
      “Hypnotic” is a great descriptor – especially for those who are just sitting and letting time go by … until suddenly realizing they got lost in time and are now they are running late. 😉

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  11. Lovely, Frank!

    “Waves represent a link between the conscious and subconscious.” This is an interesting thought…

    We were crossing the North Sea and I was not so well. The only thing that helped me was to be low on the floor and watch the waves one by one…I couldn’t look away.

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    1. Nina,
      The waves of rough seas is one thing I didn’t mention. Probably because as a motion sickness person, I would want to forget. Friends told me about the roughest seas they’ve encountered … around the tip of South America on the way to Antarctica. I wouldn’t have done well. Interestingly, you also used the waves to your advantage. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Jo,
      Glad you appreciated the depth and complexity of waves … and yes …. the sounds o the waves coming ashore are a sound that can be meditative – excellent background to lead on to the land of slumber – especially being just far enough away (like a condo) that they are always in the background with being dominating.

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  12. I’m late to the beach party, but made it. 🙂 Marina mentioned waves and white noise. I like to sleep with the windows open whenever possible, but it can get loud so I do use a white noise app quite often. Waves are a good choice and right now I’m using the sound of rain.

    Waves can also wear away even rock with endless repetition. Perhaps there’s a lesson there to always keep trying or, on the flip side, not to let someone wear you down.

    I hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend.

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Excellent thoughts about the erosion power of waves. There is a rocky point that I regularly walk to. The rocks are so smooth from the constant waves. Someday they will be gone – but not for a long time. I like how you transitioned this into human life. Oh yes given life’s constant pounding of trials and tribulations on us isn’t easy, so we must remain strong and positive. ….. Cheers to your white noise app. What are some of your other favorite settings?

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  13. I do so enjoy what you say here about waves being the link between the conscious and subconscious. That is beautiful. Was also thinking of you earlier and how you seem such a thought-ful person but filled with soul as well. That is a wonderful combination in a human being.

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    1. Kathy,
      I try to be calm, reflective, and deep in my beach walk posts. Believe me, every real-time walk isn’t that way – so sometimes it talks several walks to find good depth in my thoughts – or even additions that come when sitting around later. Meanwhile, I try to be a good person – so thank you for the good thoughts.

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  14. Interesting thoughts on today’s stroll, Frank. But then, I suppose waves have more impact than anything else on a beach walk. Certainly they have more visibility than airwaves or electrical currents. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      As you know, waves on the beach are constant and consistent – ever so reliable – just like the sand. Wind would be close, but there are a few times when the air is still. .. but with their presence and sound, waves of the sea just don’t go away. Ahhhhh …..

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  15. Ahhh … this is so relaxing, Frank — thank you! Are you familiar (of course you are!) with the shell that, when you place it up near your ear, sounds very much like gentle waves roaring by? I used to love those things! Never found one on the beach, but you could find lots of them in souvenir shops. I think the sound of waves rhythmically ebbing and flowing is one of the nicer sounds in nature!

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    1. Debbie,
      Glad you found relaxation in this post. I wonder if there is anyone who doesn’t like a conch shell. 🙂 I’m with you, I’ve never seen one on the beach. I wonder if souvenir shapes get them from divers. Nonetheless, cheers to the sound of the beach that are so calming and reliable.

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  16. This is so beautifully written, Frank. I have spent hundreds of hours watching the wave trains move in and out, rhythmically following patterns that bring peace to me when I’m perhaps sad or troubled or just in need of resting my mind. I feel a part of a greater whole when I watch the waves and stand at the shore looking out at the horizon. I’m aware of how “my” ocean connects to the rest of the world and that we are all facing similar problems and heartaches and even joys. Thank you for providing me an opportunity to really reflect on the beauty of this gift, our oceans. So lovely!

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    1. Debra,
      Through your years, I wonder how many times you have used the beach to clear your mind from various aspects of life. Probably many times. It’s your personal haven – and it has served you well. … and thanks so much for sharing how this rhythm of the sea is part of you. 🙂

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  17. I wonder why it is that walking by water – and especially the sea – calms the soul and invites mediation and frees the mind to explore so many kinds of thoughts? It certainly works for you! Thank you!

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    1. Margaret,
      Just noticed I missed this … sorry … Great question. With the sea, I think it’s the collective experience of the water, the sound of waves, the sight, the smell, the freshness of the air. On the other hand, the stillness of a large lake, the moving water of a river, the sound of a splashy creek … yep … they do it too. Maybe just a different surrounding – a place to get away from the norm. Hmmmm … and maybe I’m off the mark.

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  18. As I imagined the sound of waves while reading this post – you do that, you know, with your artful way of evoking images and sounds with your words – it occurred to me that although waves are really very loud, they also offer a sense of serenity and peace. Quite a paradox really.

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    1. Joanne,
      Love the paradox that you mention. It’s a constant theme in the post and throughout the comment, but you are the first to bring it together. Thank you for that. Love it so much, wish I would have thought of it! Thanks for your kind words. I don’t consider myself to be a writer, but rather someone who enjoys writing.

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      1. I’m sure someone who enjoys writing, and writes as beautifully as you do, can safely call themselves a writer, Frank. Your words come from the heart. That, to me, is what writing is all about. It’s wonderful writing when it makes the reader feel something …

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  19. Dude. This was soooooo good. You know I was going to ask you what part of the beach you walk on. A lot of people are sand people, some are bike path people, others are runners on wet sand, and then we have the barefoot feel of the wave people. I’m all of the above except for the bike path walk. I prefer sand or shore when I’m there. I love how you describe the waves and the different kinds as they touch your toes. Velvet touch you said. Yes. Beach is definitely representative of life love that comparison because the waves be rocking sometimes. But most of the time I love going to the beach the waves and scent of the ocean. The vibes. It’s like Beach Therapy. Ha! I’m on that walk with you guys. Great Post!

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    1. Guat,
      Thanks for the kind words. I like walking at the waterline for multiple reasons – where we go, the sand in that area is relatively flat and packed – so easy for walking in bare feet …. plus the refreshing feel the water gives me by touching my feet as I walk. Love the velvet touch. Cheers to beach therapy – and you are lucky to has it so close.

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  20. To me the sound of gentle waves is very soothing. I loved sitting on a bit of rock by the ocean when I lived near it, to just watch and listen, listen and watch. Very stress relieving…and when the winds were up, well even the fascination of watching them crash against the piers or beach was sort of a way to unleash your own thoughts so that also was stress relieving…though for sure not as soothing! LOL!

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    1. Meezer,
      Your comment was relaxing as I found myself nodding as I read. Oh yes – sitting on nearby rocks is a treat. Where we go, I can only think of one set of rocks to sit – and it is a relaxing spot. Even with wave after wave, each splash is unique. As large waves crash and splash at piers may not be soothing, those same big waves at the beach seem to be tempered … of course, we are walking further where we probably don’t normally walk. 🙂

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  21. So amazing how you cover the expansiveness and the depth of each aspect of the ocean. Waves are just a profound experience and a phenomenon. I like to think of our breath as the oceanic waves.

    Waves are surges of energy in water – energy in transmission – I love this and actually all of your post.

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    1. PD,
      The ocean waves are depth. Interesting how waves appear on the surface, yet the surge is deep within. I think about that with people. That is, we see their surface, but one is much deeper than they show. You mention our breath as the oceanic waves – yes – and a deep, profound thought.

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  22. Beautiful post and I couldn’t agree more that waves are so symbolic of the very essence of life and what we are living through right now. And nothing is more soothing to the soul than a walk along the beach. Thank you for this calming and beautifully written post. You’ve inspired me this morning. 🙏

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    1. Miriam,
      Welcome first-time walker. I recall you coming over from Sue Dreamwalker’s when she did my preview post before the first walk … so welcome back. Australian if I recall. I’m right with you regarding a beach walk being soothing on the soul – and soothing & thought-provoking is what I try to do with these walks. I’m curious – why did you pick the Waves post?

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      1. Hi Frank,I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and yes, it was Sue again who drew me back to you, after reading her post. You’re right, I’m from Melbourne Australia, just recently out of lockdown so hopefully heading off to the beach this coming weekend for some camping and ocean air. I loved your Waves post.

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        1. Always love my interactions with Aussies (both in-person and on blogs). Thanks for confirming Sue as our connection. She is a nice lady. Interesting to think about the distance between the three of us – yet connected. An overwhelming thought. By the way, #7 (Horizons) had a wonderful response from readers.

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