Advice On Relationships And Creating Inner Peace In Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift From The Sea

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In Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her thoughts on relationships, love, inner peace, and contentment. During her vacation by the sea to relax and detach herself from the hectic outside world, Lindbergh masterfully provides insights to a reader of any age or gender. Her poetic and flowing style allows the reader to easily absorb the themes from her meditations. She warns against the pitfalls of modern life because of what she calls hectic rhythm, as opposed to a more fluid and natural primeval rhythm. By removing herself from the outside world, she is able to look at life, love, and relationships from a different perspective. Also, she allows the natural world to help her make connections. She provides advice on how to treat our relationships with other people, and our ever evolving relationship with the outside world.
Although the words are almost fifty years old, Gift from the Sea still speaks powerfully about humanity. Using metaphors of different kinds of shells she finds on the beach, she talks about solitude and the distracted lives we lead. Along the way, she shares meditations about life that are simple yet profound. She advocates a simple life that cuts out the excesses – the things that clutter and complicate our lives. “Simplification of outward life is not enough. It is merely the outside. But I am starting with the outside. I am looking at the outside of my life – the shell. The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in an outward mode of living. This is only a technique, a road to grace. The final answer, I know, is always inside.” In her explanation of simplification, she explains that there are two types of rhythm – hectic and primeval. Hectic rhythm is when someone is uneasy, on edge, and has a self consciousness that paralyzes the person. Primeval rhythm, however, is a flow; a feeling of grace, and externalizing something beautiful from within oneself. She explains in her poetic style the way to find and live in primeval rhythm, which is clearly the more pleasurable way to live.
Another portion of the book that was quite profound was her commentary on the human relationships. She meditates on a moon shell that leads her to comment on how we are solitary creatures. Lindbergh likens humans to islands all in a common sea. Her explanation of how we are truly solitary creatures is quite intriguing; “How wonderful are islands!” she says with emphasis and excitement. “Islands in space, like this one I have come to, ringed about by miles of water, liked by no bridges, no cables, no telephones… The past and the future are cut off; only the present remains.” Only living in the present allows one to center themselves in the primeval rhythm that allows for a healthy lifestyle. Life, when people are always around, leaves one in a hectic rhythm because there is no time to work on and critique your own life. Leaving time to simply sit quietly and center one’s self and enter the flow of...

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