The Psalms of The Sea: Harmonizing and Learning From The Ocean

The Psalms of the Sea

The Psalms of the Sea

“You write your songs on the face of the waters; then you erase them.
So does the poet when he is creating.”
-Kahlil Gibran “The Voice of the Master”

The ocean sings songs that manifest in a variety of vibrations, from the exemplary harmony of all nature’s elements coming together in perfect accord, to that of a wild and vociferous roar of a monstrous beast. In between these polar opposites of unison and discord, there are nearly limitless levels of melody and dissonance alike. The sea is a songstress that both beckons, enchants, soothes, and strikes fear and humility into its congregation, the devout surfer and members of their ilk.

As surfers we want to not only bear witness to the beauty of the psalms of the sea, we want to partake in them as a fellow creative force, a member of the choir of nature. When the swell direction, wind and tide, along with the more subtle components that make for an exceptional day of waves come together, it is the time for the ocean, the waves, and the surfer to harmonize.

This harmonization with our natural surroundings through the medium of riding waves can bring about profound knowledge, a pure child-like bliss, and eventually for some, a state of mature wisdom. These states of knowledge, bliss, and wisdom can be carried into our life outside of the oceanic temple, as we begin to see the aquatic realm as a metaphor for our lives on land. As we fully immerse ourselves in the practice of wave-riding it becomes abundantly clear that the value of the experience goes further than our time spent in the water.

The greater understanding we have of nature, the greater understanding we have of ourselves as human beings, as we are part and parcel of nature

The innate and cyclical ebb and flow of the tide, the varied and shifting direction of the winds, along with the appearance and dissipation of a swell, carry with them a truth to the nature of life on earth.

Listen to and join in the psalms of the sea, as nature whispers and roars the secrets of life.

Surfer: Stephen Triolo

Photos: Christor Lukasiewicz

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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