Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort


There was the vast sea first that gave me the kind of comfort I wanted before I fell in love with the mountains. That was when I learned about the essence of solitude. Seeing her gives me so much solitude. Now that I’ve been away from the immeasurable sea for quite some time now, I can’t help but crave for that kind of comfort she gives just like the very first time we’re together.

Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales

We can get comfort from a lot of things around us — family/home, a movie theater, in a classroom; the trees and animals around, the rivers, the stars, the moon, the sun; eating your favorite food, playing music, or wandering through the woods. But there is a different kind of comfort that I want to have every once in a while. This is the kind of comfort that emanates from solitude. A kind of comfort that makes every neuron in my nervous system relaxed. A kind of comfort that helps me connect to the world of nature and spirituality. A time when all I want to do is to be with myself.

I believe that there is an exquisite form of comfort that comes from being alone, from having the opportunity to just kill time, from staring blankly at the wall, from looking over the horizon as the sun sets and rises, from wandering aimlessly through the woods, or anything that makes the world around me undisturbed.

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  1. cocomino says:

    Yes, there are many kinds of comfort.I also think the nature things are one of the best comfort.
    The photo is really beautiful and it makes me relax. Have a nice day!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      There’s nothing greater than making somebody happy more so comforted. The pleasure is all mine, my friend.

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  2. I always love pictures filled with “blue”
    nice “comforting” picture!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Salamat, Joni! You are a force to reckon with so please push on your blogging.

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  3. Jane says:

    I completely understand the comfort that comes from solitude….it’s a necessity for me. I need to find a quiet place by myself for some time every day, and when I don’t get it, there’s a price to be paid, by me, and to a degree by the people around me. I am also an ocean person. The more time I can spend by the sea, the better. Love your photograph and your words! :0)

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      According to psychologist Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., who in her book, The Call of Solitude, introduced the concept of solitude or alonetime, describing it as “a basic need,” as essential and universal as the need to bond with others. She comes to this belief through a series of infant studies and analysis of historical and anthropological data, as well as studies on how meditation, rest and relaxation bolster the immune system. When we don’t get enough solitude, she says, “we get very out of touch with ourselves; we get forgetful; we get sloppy.”

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful words too, Jane. That is so much appreciated! I hope you’ll come back for more … 🙂

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  4. Iñigo says:

    wow! i simply love your photo. just looking on it is so relaxing already.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you, Young Boy! I hope you just came from school so that this photo can make an intense relaxing effect to your tired body. Extend my regards to your daddy and mommy.

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  5. aRVee says:

    Stunning photo! I agree one of the most comforting places is the beach… If only I am closer to it, I would be so dark now haha, not a good swimmer though, but I just love the kind of comfort the place can offer…

    Have a great evening my friend… 🙂

    I’m just curious, where is this place?

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It’s at Nagsasa Cove, Pundaquit, Zambales.

      Nagsasa Cove: The Most Beautiful Cove in the World

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      1. aRVee says:

        Beautiful, thanks for the info my friend… I will visit this in my dreams tonight… haha

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  6. Bro, that is one great writing on “comfort.” To be alone, to reconnect with yourself and nature’s elements is a beautiful experience that brings peace, contentment, meaning and happiness. I had moments like that on my walks to the beach by myself… Its like being healed from all the turmoils of the world. Wonderful writing. Serene photo. God bless you and your family.

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    1. Have a fun weekday. By the way, what beach is that in the picture? Just so calm.

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      1. Stay blessed my friend.

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      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        It’s at Nagsasa Cove, Pundaquit, Zambales.

        Nagsasa Cove: The Most Beautiful Cove in the World

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    2. Sony Fugaban says:

      I couldn’t agree more with what you said, my friend. Just like Jane, I completely understand the experience you are talking about. Thank you for sharing the same thoughts!

      God bless you and your family too.

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  7. Gorgeous photo and beautiful words. Solitude and nature do indeed provide vast amounts of comfort.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That is so true, Just Rumblin’ Pier. Thank you for the kind words too!

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  8. northernnarratives says:

    Wonderful 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you, northernnarratives!

      😉

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  9. siggiofmaine says:

    I love your photo..your photos are inspiring every week….and decided I wanted to share a photo with everyone…but can’t figure out how to do it…
    I’ve posted a photo at

    http://www.siggiofmaine.wordpress.com

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring photos.
    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

    siggi1944@hotmail.com

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I saw your entry and I couldn’t help myself missing my cat when I was young. 😦

      Your cat is cute, by the way. Take care of her though I know you do …

      Thanks for sharing it with me!

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  10. Your pristine photo sure brings comfort to me! It exudes peace and calm. I wholeheartedly agree Sony that we should enjoy some “quiet time.” It’s a great way to slow down the pace. I think it gives us time to reflect on what’s truly important in life. It gives us time to prioritize. Better yet, it’s a natural stress reducer. Spiritually speaking, it gives me an opportunity to be thankful for the many blessings that come my way. I could go on and on. Anyway, very nicely written Sony. Thanks for sharing your little piece of paradise. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Solitude puts me in touch with my deepest feelings and allows time for previously unrelated thoughts to interact, to reestablish themselves into new forms. Therefore, it brings harmony to my mind.

      You are one of the many people, Donna, who certainly knows what I’m talking about here based on your blog posts.

      You are welcome and thank you more for sharing your words with purpose always!

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  11. Mr K says:

    Nice place!!!

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  12. nelson RN says:

    I initially thought of posting one of my beach photos, because I also find the beach so comforting. Your pic made me miss lying on the beach again, while sipping some nice juice! Great post!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      So do I, Nelson. I so want the feeling of savoring the sand on the soles of my feet. How I wish the summer season is here already. Sigh …

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  13. Mizz says:

    I love the blue color of the sea against the white sand! serenity

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      SERENITY … H’m. I think that’s the perfect word for the picture. Thanks, Mizz, for letting me know that!

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  14. Nandini says:

    Great picture. Nature is brilliant in all ways. You will never find yourself out of new things to love. 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yeah, because nature has countless of wonderful things … some are obvious, some are hidden, some needs more and experience and time to realize their respective beauties, and some require higher awareness to discover the same. And I think, what I see around is just the tip of the iceberg, Nandini. I won’t stop looking and searching for what nature can offer and what she’s hiding in and out there …

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  15. Justina says:

    Beautiful beach, love the blue sky. Nice photo.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks a bunch, Justina!

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  16. john tugano says:

    Yes I agree with you Sony, Whenever I’m feeling stress all around I also wanted to have a slice of solitude and from nowhere I gaze just like letting every thoughts fill my mind.Sometimes I dawdle to quiet places and stare up to the heaven watching wonderful creatures there flying freely.It makes me calm,it gives me peace and most of all it brings comfort in my soul..

    Nice entry Sony I love the photo..

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much, John! I couldn’t add more to what you said.

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  17. What a relaxing and comfortable looking place to be. Standing there would simply take my breath away. Stunning photo!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much!

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  18. jakesprinter says:

    This is Amazing Picture well done:)

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Sir Jake, I appreciate the comment — as always. Thank you!

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  19. 2e0mca says:

    A lovely simple photo that exudes peace 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you so much, sir! 😉

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The pros are my teachers and I always feel humbled if I see them comment in my work, so thank you frizztext for your beautiful equation there!

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  20. All along our North Welsh coastline there are some lonely and deserted beaches, especially in winter time. I love going for long walks along them with my camera. I might not photograph anything but I do find it comforting to drag the camera along

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Another pro is on the line and I can’t help but feel grateful for that. Thank you, sir Mike for the comment and for the information as well!

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