The simple joy of gazing out to sea

Obviously we love Dartmoor for its vast open expanses, for its violent beauty, but an afternoon spent gazing at a tranquil sea is an afternoon well spent.

You don’t need me to tell you how we all seem to live ‘connected’ lives, staring at screens for hours, writing replies as we rush to the next deadline… take twenty minutes to do nothing – it’s worth its weight in gold, especially when you feel you don’t have time.

There’s plenty of studies showing the benefits of just going outside; from improved memory and better eyesight through to stress relief and more energy.

Studies have also found that natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which is one of the surest ways to experience a mental boost. – Business Insider

The sea is a reminder that life is bigger than you. You are not responsible for it. You cannot carry the weight of the world and you cannot control anything outside of you. The good news is that you don’t have to.

We live on a tiny planet within a tiny solar system, itself just a speck of light in the ever-expanding immensity of the known universe. If we can put our problems into this perspective, even for a moment, it’s a very healthy thing to do.

Give yourself permission not to worry.

Do your thinking about your problems and then stop – they will have had your attention, you will have done, or committed to do, the best you can do. After this no further thought is necessary.

Learn from people who’ve gone further than you.

Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding – yet beautiful – Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.” – Buzz Aldrin


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