North Piha, west of Auckland
Fresh and saltwater waves abound:
- Breaking waves like those created by a coastal shore break;
- Stationary waves like those created by sudden jumps in the contour of a riverbed; or
- Traveling waves like those created by a pebble tossed into a still pond.
The underlying theme of a breaking wave is that the wave steepens until its crest becomes unstable, then breaks.
"The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to get sharper."A shore break is grand, unrelenting, ever-changing, yet somehow the same. Breaking waves are the narrative of the ebb of flow of energy and the story of entropy.
― Bertrand Russell
|Breaking wave on Lake Superior. Photograph by Tim Case
Each wave builds, crests, and dissipates its energy into a rush of white water.
Breaking waves fit into the cosmological theme of well-ordered to less well-ordered that plays out continually in nature.
Observing breaking waves is calming and meditative, if not hypnotic.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”Waves embody the repetition of a pattern. They demonstrate the infinite and subtle variations on how a single pattern can unfold.
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
The beginning, the middle, and the resolution of a wave is the same on a grand scale, but infinitely different in detail.
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh