Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

Merry Christmas from Encinitas!

December 25, 2012

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! And may 2013 bring you all that you hope for!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do my (more…)

When God Paints the Sky

October 14, 2011




A few nights ago, I walked half a block to the J Street Viewpoint to do my energization exercises in front of the ocean. As soon as I got there, I took one look at the sky and raced back home to alert my friend and next-door neighbor Christopher Gray that he should grab his camera and hurry back with me. Thankfully, he did just that.

What I had seen was sunlight pouring through a hole in the clouds and spilling onto the metallic-silver water below as if God had reached (more…)

Red Tide—Nature’s Light Show!

September 29, 2011

Local photographer Anne Phelps took this photo of a red tide in Encinitas earlier this month. What I saw last night was a multicolored light show!



Two nights ago, an Encinitas-area friend alerted me that a red tide would be visible that night and that perhaps I would enjoy heading down to the beach to see it. She was right! I walked down to Swami’s Beach around nine o’clock and stayed for about an hour. I’d never seen a red tide before, and it was everything it was cracked up to be and more.

Standing on the beach in darkness with a handful of other onlookers, we watched as waves crashed into a reef twenty yards out, producing horizontal explosions of turquoise, (more…)

Good Morning from the Ocean and Me!

September 24, 2011




I shot this two-minute video this morning to share the beauty of Encinitas with people I care about. This is where I live and why I live here.

May your (more…)

Jonathan Livingston Eggshells

September 15, 2011

The approach







My daughter, Erin, and I were sitting on the rocks at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas this morning when a seagull landed near us. Surprisingly, he started walking toward us. We were sure he’d fly away, but no, he kept moving toward us.










The staredown









At one point, he stopped and looked at us for a few moments. We were amused. He looked like a (more…)

On the Other Side of the Horizon

March 11, 2011

Moonlight Beach, right around the corner from my house in Encinitas (Photo by Christopher Gray)

At 2:30 AM, Rozanne, who I rent a room from, knocked on my door to tell me that a tsunami had hit Japan and was heading our way. Needless to say, I got out of bed and powered up my laptop to find out what was going on. It would have been difficult to roll over and go back to sleep.

Sorry to bother you, but in a matter of hours we may be swept into eternity (more…)

Untold Treasures and Endless Mysteries

February 8, 2011

Nine o’clock at night. I just returned from doing energization exercises on the beach—standing there in the dark, not another soul in sight, the waves rolling in, engulfed by the ceaseless roar of the ocean, awed by the magnitude and magnificence of the view. The miles and miles of water in front of me concealed worlds upon worlds, all of them throbbing with life and brimming over with untold treasures and endless mysteries. How can anyone gaze upon this sight and feel anything but reverence?

Tomorrow night will find me on the sand once again. I could get used to not (more…)

Me and the Deep Blue Sea

January 29, 2011

Friends, meet Ocean. Ocean, meet friends (Photo by Christopher Gray)

Walked a mile-long stretch of beach in Encinitas last night at sunset. Breathtaking. Metallic blue water, orange sky, surfers riding the waves. As darkness fell, the (more…)

God Struck a Match

January 17, 2011

The sunset over the Pacific ocean, just two blocks from my home in Encinitas, was magnificent last Wednesday. It looked like the sky had been ripped open to reveal secret islands hovering above the water, smothered in molten lava. It was if God had (more…)

The Only Obstacle Between You and Peace

January 8, 2011

Just got back from a mile-long barefoot walk on the beach on a warm, sunny day in Encinitas. Funny how when the waves lap over your feet and then recede again how your heels drop deeper into the sand. Standing still as the water ebbed away, I felt like I was on a treadmill, moving backward, as if I were moonwalking without moving my feet. A little surreal, but a little cool too.

As the waves rolled in, I pulled my cap low to shield out the sun and gazed down the shoreline in both directions. Endless water. Pure blue sky. Cotton-candy clouds. I’ve been coming down to the ocean nearly every day for five weeks and I still can’t come close to drinking this all in. It’s all so overwhelmingly . . . majestic.

Soaking in this panoramic paradise, I thought how wonderful it would be if people could access the beauty of their inner world so easily. Some years back, I was sitting with (more…)

An Ocean of Gratitude

December 10, 2010

How often would you visit the ocean if it was right around the corner from your home? Last night, for the second evening in a row, I went outside and headed for the beach. Much to my delight, a fog was blanketing the streets; it reminded me of watching characters in a time-traveling movie enter a foggy mist and emerge in the distant past. For better or worse,  I stayed in 2010, although the thought of time-jumping back to 1910 was strangely appealing.

I turned the corner and walked half a block. I was still a block and a half away, but already could hear the mighty roar and raw fury of the ocean. I stopped and soaked in the moment: the dark, misty city street, the ocean bellowing at me, beckoning me to its shores. I walked down the winding wooden staircase—99 steps, 11 landings—to the beach. I stood alone on the sand in the dark, listened to the roar of the ocean and watched the tide roll in. I had to back up repeatedly so the water wouldn’t lap my feet. Behind me were bluffs in both directions for as far as the eye could see. I didn’t see any angels but it was most certainly Heaven.

And I thought, I (more…)

God’s Living Brush

December 3, 2010



A koi pond in the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens (photo taken by my daughter, Erin, in January 2005)



As I sat on a stone bench in the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens yesterday and gazed out at the ocean just after sunset, I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of what was in front of me. The deep blue of the ocean, the red hues on the horizon . . . I felt I was looking at a museum-quality painting. And in a sense, I was. This world is but a (more…)

The Octopus: Master of Disguise

July 2, 2010

In this mesmerizing six-minute TED videoDavid Gallo, a pioneer in ocean exploration, shows highlights of never-before-seen oceanic life, including a slow-motion camouflage trick by an octopus that will leave your (more…)