• Kimberly Ibarra

The Ocean's Healing Powers

I’ve always thought of myself as someone with “super human mental strength.” I mean, not only have I made it through some pretty tough times in my life, but I’ve actually come up swinging on the other end reaping some pretty epic results. With that being said, I find myself navigating through un-chartered territory lately with my mom’s dementia.

Just when I think I’ve got my emotions adjusted to her violent temper tantrums and mood swings, she’ll manage to say something random and BAM! I am fighting back tears, pissed, hurt and irritated.

I realized this morning that my mom needed to get out of the house and “go for a ride.” A few months ago I would’ve just taken her to a restaurant, but with that not being an option these days, I decided to pack up a bag and take she and my stepdad, Wade, on a field trip. In the car she was happy and chatty and suggested that we ride to the beaches that were only 15 minutes away from her home. (funny how I never remembered her living so close to the ocean)

When we arrived, It took forever to make our way over to the seating area by the shore, but once I had them settled into their chairs something magical happened. She began acting like a Mom for a brief moment ….. happy she had taken me somewhere that I would enjoy. (She had seen my smile). She urged me to take off my shoes and put my feet in the water…. and she even asked me to bring her some seashells. Just like that I was a little girl again.

In ancient times the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians understood the therapeutic properties of seawater. But it had become more than that for me. Right there, in that moment with my toes sinking into the sand and the waves brushing against my ankles, I was both relaxed and energized. I was comforted. I was home.

With about 70% of the earth’s surface being water and with our bodies made up of about 55% water, it's safe to say that we pretty much belong to the ocean. Scientifically, sea air is charged with ions which improve our ability to absorb oxygen. These negative ions also aid in balancing our serotonin levels which not only make us feel relaxed but also leave us feeling more alert and energized.

No matter how you explain it, the ocean not only inspires…..it heals.

I learned a lesson today. I learned that the ocean is able to teach us about harmony, patience, calmness and open-mindedness. It has the power to shift the way we look at our lives and our circumstances.

I am beyond grateful for the ocean,


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