This is a first. Instead of meditating at the beach, an unlikely oceanic aggression witnessed. Help me decide who is right?!
After air travel, work, stressful week, this trip to the beach was in order. Becoming one with nature heals my body and spirit throughout.
Looking into morning horizon, two dolphins were spotted, playing and chasing each other. Seagals sang their usual songs and the breezy watery mist was caressing the shore’s inhabitants. Many live ornamental shells rested on the warm sand and clear water transported my busy mind into serenity.
(Look at this guy-he is searching for treasure with his metal device ;))))
Right after a heavenly dip in the refreshing ocean, I set down in my beach chair to meditate. The moment my eyes were closed, intrusive angry sounds coming from nearby water interrupted my concentration.
A young family with two toddlers were aggressively waving hands at the nearby half wet older, middle-aged man. All of them stood to their waist in the water arguing about something. Ugh….I never in my life witnessed anything so bizarre. What possibly can you complain about in such serene earthly realm?
Well, through the wind’s murmur, I heard this intrusive yelling:
Family: “It’s just a little child….You should be nicer to people….. SHUT UP. GET OUT OF HERE.” (Audible European accent. Possibly Germanic?!).
Man: “You should dress the baby appropriately for the beach. He should not be naked. You should care about other people, here. Go back to your own country.
Family: “We don’t care about other people. Shut up.”
They were aggressively approaching each other, but thank Goodness the young Dad decided to leave and all of them got out of the ocean to their own beach picnic blankets. Right below is the happening scene:
Now, I am conflicted and upset. First, my meditation was rudely interrupted. This scene made me leave the one natural place I consider sacred. Second. I don’t understand this older individual who screams in the public place at the family to dress differently. For crying out loud, mind your own business. Third, the family from another country should have never fueled this argument, for it takes two to tango.
And right then, another conflicting thought went through my mind…..If you are visiting someone else’s home, shouldn’t you abide by their rules?
For instance, when people visit my family, we ask them to take their shoes off, not to track dirt in. It’s an old-world mentality. I certainly expect guests to respect my one request and absolutely grateful to them when it happens.
G-d knows I was a toddler in Ukraine and ran naked on the beach. This is how we all grew up. But here, in the United States, people and babies cover their bodies sunbathing. It is a common expected cultural practice. It would be unusual to see the human form in its glory, no matter how old. If such thing happens, who am I to instruct the person how to behave?!
Who is right here? Help me out, friends.
Enjoy the calmness of pictures that were taken right before the incident 🙂
Until next time.
All photographs belong to Luda @PlantsandBeyond.com