(Issue #598) Spirituality and the Ocean

The ocean does not judge. It is.
And the is provides a sense of now and the future.


Most mornings find Roxie and me on the beach watching the sunrise. Roxie scratches the sand and nestles in while I take a few photos and ponder the day to come. Even on those days when the sun hides behind the clouds I am strengthened and calmed. On those occasions we do not make it to the beach I always fell a bit of a tug, a loss, even a sadness.

I’ve thought about that. What is it about our morning ritual that is soothing and nurturing? I think, in part, it is the time with Roxie as she stretches, sniffs, and paws her way to the beach. Some of it could be the small pod of neighbors who gather on the sand to watch the morning awaken. Or is it because I am a “water sign”—a Pisces? Did something happen in a previous life? (Was there a previous life?)

This past week, Laurie and I spent a few days in the Florida Keys. Roxie wasn’t with us. Our Atlantic Beach sunrise pod did not make the trip. Yet the energy still flowed for me. Whether standing on the sand, swimming in the ocean or paddling a kayak, I felt at home sensing the water.

Spirituality has various definitions and connotations depending on the source. For some, it is connected to a religion and/or a specific dogma. For me, spirituality embraces a connection to a sense of peace, love, beauty, inner strength, creativity, hope, beginnings, and non-judgment.

When I stand in witness to the ocean—no matter the location—I have a sense of awe and gratitude.

The ocean does not judge. It is.

And the is provides a sense of the now as well as the future.


Video recommendation for the week.

Seven years ago, I shot this sunrise video. Perhaps you could add a few more descriptors.


Make it a wonderful week and HTRB has needed.

You will find my latest book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, in
eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($9.99) format. Click 

My dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story. Please, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
  • Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book)Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

You can find my podcasts (all fifty episodes) here.

You will find more about me at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2021. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Atlantic Beach, Florida

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4 Responses to (Issue #598) Spirituality and the Ocean

  1. Maryann Dyal says:

    As a fellow Pisces I could not agree more. Thanks for putting it into words.


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