“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
On an episode of the old television show The Waltons, the mother of all of those Walton children becomes terribly ill and depressed and ends up in the hospital. Once at the hospital the doctor tells Olivia and her adoring husband, that he is sorry but there is nothing he can do to help her health at this time. To which they become frightened, fearing the worst this means she will die. The doctor tells them calmly that all Olivia needs to regain her spirit and health both mentally and physically is a rest by the ocean. “Take her to the beach,” the doctor tells Mr. Walton, “just the two of you for two weeks.”
Invigorating fresh air, the sound of the waves, and some warm sun and play time
Olivia has spent three-quarters of her life taking care of children who are now teenagers, John Boy is now off at college, and grandma and grandpa; she is overdue for a break. The doctor asks coyly, “When’s the last time you two, you know, had sex?” To which they both smile shyly and can’t recall. “Go home now and pack your bags and don’t wait for any more days to go by.” The tired couple drives home, tells the family and begins packing.
Healing by the sea
The European Center for Human Health and Environment reports that being at the ocean offers health benefits that being inland doesn’t. Sea salt is composed of many minerals, and activates your body’s healing, sodium chloride alone has the magnitude of healing. The air is chock full of negative ions to relieve your stress and remedy your mood.
- Relieves and hydrates dry, itchy skin and opens the pores.
- Helps to relieve muscle spasms.
- Reduces inflammation in the respiratory system, and slows down the production of
- Alkalizes the body.
- Stimulates the immune system.
- Calms nerves.
- Heals wounds and reduces infection.
- Detoxifies and exfoliates skin.
- Flushes out toxins.
- Vitamin D is produced in the sunshine and reduces anxiety-just two 15-minute sessions is ample time.
If mama ain’t happy nobody’s happy
Mama and papa Walton behave like kids again, tending to each other like they did when they met, chasing each other in the sand the way old folks do, night time fires on the beach, and releasing past traumas. The two come back home healed and refreshed with pink noses and shoulders. Olivia is her old self again, and the children and grandparents missed them both dearly. They kiss and say goodnight the way the Walton’s always do and all is well on Walton’s mountain again.
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