I didn’t make it to the Coast this month, and I really felt it. I did do a little research as I was interested to know if this longing for the coast is a British thing, growing up in coastal areas, a love of the outdoors or something else. Why are we drawn to the coast?
Turns out it is something universally human!
Why the Ocean can make you Calmer and more Creative
- Beach Holidays
- The most popular choice for a break away.
- Exercise and Enjoyment
- We enjoy surfing, scuba diving, sailing, swimming, and many more
- We refresh ourselves with long showers and soothing baths.
- We build our homes and our lives around being near water.
- Naturally drawn to aquatic hues
- These colours are often associated with calm, openness, depth, and wisdom.
- A visit to the coast gives our brains and senses a rest from overstimulation.
- Auditory sounds of the ocean are calming
- Visual input is simplified when looking to the horizon
- It can bring about a meditative state
- We are inspired to be more compassionate and connected
- It is common to feel awe at the coast and this invokes connection to something beyond oneself.
- You may feel at one with the universe. Connected to yourself, the world around you, and who you happen to be with.
- It can create a ‘WE’ state of mind.
Our Coastal Adventures
Where to Next?
There are still so many coastlines to visit here in Northeast England, where do you recommend next?
- South Shields
- Whitley Bay
- Or somewhere else?
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.
Welcome to our Coast-to-Coast loop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from time zones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives – both literal and philosophical – of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons. Next in the loop is: