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Many times, a sensation of Summer can be more than just touching and feeling. It can be seeing, hearing, smelling, or even tasting. For me, what brings me back to earth and keeps me centered is the ocean. I live not that far from the ocean, but for me, it's not close enough. Ideally, I would love to have a house within walking distance, or on the ocean. But since I can't afford such a notion, I make it a point to go to the beach - especially in the Summer - to get my sensory needs met. Below are some of the reasons why the Ocean is my favorite Summertime Sensation:
The view of the ocean- just looking out into the water, the landforms, the islands that pop up, remind me that there is more to see than meets the eye. Visually speaking, it's not too distracting for me, and on a clear blue day, the blue hue I find calms me.
The sounds-Hearing the rolling rhythm of the waves produces a calming effect like no other. Often times, with work, school, a husband, and a son, my brain is on overdrive. A great way to settle my brain is to listen to the sounds of the ocean. Not only are the waves soothing, but I find the sounds of the seagulls, children and families playing, and the breeze in the sand dunes to be an effective way for me to tune out the noise, and tune into my center.
The smells-I love the smell of suntan lotion because it instantly takes me to the beach. I love the smell of sand, salt, and fresh air as I take in my surroundings. I can feel my lungs fill up with clean, fresh air, and practice exhaling the negative energy of everyday stressors.
The feelings- Of course, I love the feel of the sand on my feet and of swimming. The water enveloping you, boogie boarding with the rhythm of the waves washes all of my cares away.
Of course, after a relaxing day at the beach, I love to go out for an ice cream, which is a whole other sensory issue... :-)
Taking the time for yourself is important. What is your favorite summer sensation and what sensory need does it meet?