Why do we love the beach?
“…These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people,” says Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. “It’s like they’re saying: “Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.” The sound of waves can help you achieve a meditative state, which is proven to heal and strengthen your brain…” -Inc. magazine
Today I took a bike ride to a local beach and enjoyed some quality time on the shore of the Chesapeake. With the sun on my face and sand underfoot, I experienced the quieting of my mind and a slower breath. A calm walk around the neighborhood also gives us a similar effect, where our mind clears and the body relaxes.
Knowing all this, imagine the effect long walks on the beaches of the Atlantic seashore will have on your well-being. It is worth the drive to Ocean City, Maryland and salty small towns up and down the coast. Even a stroll along the edge of a pond, creek or river will provide a similar effect. When is your next trip to the water’s edge?