"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
Give your ocean-loving friend or family member a gift from the sea that involves wrapping paper and ribbon instead of "patience and faith." You will find an abundance of gift choices, ranging from inexpensive to extravagant, which any ocean lover will treasure.
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"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused."--Rainer Maria Rilke.
Many people find the sound of ocean waves deeply soothing. You can buy an ocean sounds CD which replicates the aural experience of dwelling in a beach home, hearing the waves and the cry of the gulls overhead. You can also find CDs of deeper ocean sounds: the songs of whales and dolphins.
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."--Jacques Cousteau.
Allow your friend to experience the spell of the ocean even when living in a landlocked location by giving a beautiful piece of art recalling the ocean. Depending on your budget and your friend's tastes, you can give an oil painting or a postcard-size print, a quiet ocean or stormy one, a boat sailing on an ocean, or dolphins, whales or mermaids swimming in ocean waters. If your friend has a favourite ocean vacation spot, you may want to give a photo of that place.
"My soul is full of longing/For the secret of the sea,/And the heart of the great ocean/
Sends a thrilling pulse through me."--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If your ocean-loving friend enjoys exploring intuitive wisdom, she may enjoy Ocean Oracle Cards, a system of divination which draws on the language of seashells. Or for a friend who prefers a more academic style of knowledge, give a book about ocean ecology, coral reefs, seahorses or ocean voyages. One excellent choice is Brenda Peterson's collection of essays, "Living by Water." Fiction fans who love the sea may appreciate a novel with an ocean or coastline setting.
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