Welcome to Coastland Contemplation, a column intended as inspirational entertainment. I'm Michele Oksen.
My home, since 1983, is a remote cabin in the Santa Lucia Mountains between Cambria and Paso Robles. I overlook Lake Nacimiento from land my grandfather traded a horse and some tires for in the early 1930's.
My sincere hope is that each month you will join me for an online nature walk somewhere in these magnificent Pacific coastlands. Each time we step into the virtual great outdoors together I aspire to, with nature's guidance, encourage you to find opportunities to contemplate life and evolution.
In 2004, Marcia Rhoades and her husband, John, moved from Salt Lake City to Cambria. Life at their Grace Meadows Ranch in the Santa Lucia Mountains gives Marcia endless opportunities to photograph wildlife and the natural beauty of the Central Coast.
Wind – Transmission of Clear and Direct Communications
by Michele Oksen
For the most part, wind on our Slo Coast is simply a cleansing ocean breeze. You can enjoy wind that makes music in the pines. You can appreciate, more often than not, that wind here blows in good quality air rather than blasts off your hat. Sure sometimes it challenges your good hair day, gives you a reason to bring along a jacket, or makes it difficult to keep your high profile vehicle in between the lines of your lane on the road, but rarely does it generate fear that our homes will sail off to Oz.
That said, even though wind is just a current of air with the capability of creating agreeable conditions, it also has potential for considerable force that tests the strength of our roofs and our landscape. When it wrecks havoc with this particular environment it tends to knock down trees and consequently the power lines. Thankfully those severe circumstances are less frequent here than other places on the planet.
Whether wind is gentle and soothing or violent and damaging is a matter of intensity. It's a lot like the way people communicate. Like wind you possess the compelling resources and pervading inspiration needed for transmission of clear and direct communication. When you perceive yourself to be free from restraint your energy produces power; power to promote a positive and productive exchange of information.
Like wind you also have the means to interact with confusing and devious communications. Wind, like spoken and written words can either be constructive or destructive to mankind.
The direction and velocity of your message is often pressured by the climate and terrain of your surroundings. When you allow an extremely heated or cold atmosphere or mountainous obstacles to control your communications they may tend to be presented in gusty outbursts. These tend to be deafening to your target audience. Suddenly no one listens they just run for cover or bellow back at you. To find a way around the gravity of forceful complications is to allow a steady stream of your energy to flow freely - with direct intention.
Have something to say? Go ahead and take a deep supportive breath of life sustaining air and exhale your communicative wind. In the land of the free you can communicate with the words, touch, music, art, dance, and the wisdom that you have a calling to express.
When it comes to important communications don't throw caution to the wind. Don't let your voice be wind that is wasted. Take advantage of your second wind.
Rise above external influences for benevolent purposes.
Photos by Marcia Rhoades.
Banner image by Fugle