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06/29/2016 12:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sentimental Collectibles: Beach Pebbles

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Sitting still at the beach is not an option. Instead, I walk along the water's edge and gather pebbles. That's my way of connecting to the energy of the ocean while getting enriched with sentimental collectibles.

It's an invigorating treasure hunt. I don't know what precious pieces will be made available. I search, select, and evaluate. Each pebble speaks to me. It feels as if I'm curating Nature's works of art. A connection is established. We pick each other. The activity itself creates a sense of abundance.

Gathering beach pebbles is contemplative

Each of these everlasting pebbles has a mysterious fate. How does it experience birth, death, and renewal? The immensity of the unknown is palpable on the beach. This seemingly simple activity of walking on the tide-caressed sand brings the mystery of nature into my own life.

Maria Popova of Brainpickings introduced me to Erwin Chargaff's 1978 autobiography titled Heraclitean Fire: Sketches from a Life Before Nature.

Chargaff writes: "A small boy begins by being unable to explain the explainable, but when he grows old he often looks away from what cannot be explained. I am grateful that fate has preserved me from this form of blindness. Surrounded by a surfeit of solved riddles, I am still struck by how little we understand."

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Emerging out of the sea foam

The mere act of intently looking is deeply satisfying. The spontaneity of it makes me happy. The ocean is continually withdrawing -- tickling the pebbles, inviting them back. And bringing more with each tide. There is a chance to gain as much as to loose.

The process of acquiring these sentimental collectibles is as creative as the process of arranging them

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Embellishing

In the garden beach pebbles turn into brushstrokes. Every detail is a thread in a coherent story I am weaving. Each stone is the element in the visually nuanced subtext. I bundle up similar types to demonstrate the richness of variations in shape, color, and texture. I consider the ground cover, the container, and the plant that is being framed.

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Enhancing

Once each of the beach pebbles is elevated to the status of personal sentimental collectibles, I cherish it. We communicate. In The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho says: "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." I strive for a sense of refinement. What about you? Please tell me here.

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Sending secret messages

Alla is an architect on demand advising DIY home improvement enthusiasts online.

This post originally appeared on allaDIYally.com