Have you ever experienced that feeling, while taking a shower where you suddenly come up with a solution to your much dwelled upon problem? How about finally coming up with that idea you have been trying to create while sitting and relaxing at the beach? Do you remember a time that you received clarity of thought as you sat on the boat deck watching the sunset over the horizon?
This is what water can do for your brain and well being.
I have always been intrigued by the health and mental benefits that one can receive by just being around water. As a native Floridian, I considered going to the beach as a normal part of my existence. I never even questioned what it would be like to NOT have the experience of playing in the waves, repeatedly create sandcastles just to have them be washed away or stretch out on a towel and dream of my next beach day while soaking in the sun.
Although I was a true Florida girl, there were several moves in my life to different states. Living land-locked in some of those states felt foreign to me. I missed my beach life. There always seemed to be an empty space in my soul and as cliche as it is, I truly felt like the proverbial “fish out of water”. Whenever there was an opportunity to find water, I would be sure to take it. A Sunday drive to the Pacific Highway in California, feeding the geese after a winter thaw at a Minnesota lake, sitting by a mountain river in North Carolina or spending a weekend on the shore with friends in Cape May, New Jersey. As soon as I saw the water, my heart felt lighter, my mind felt clearer and I just felt happier. That empty space…it felt completely full.
Apparently, this was not my imagination. Much research in the past 10 years has shown that living around and being around water has proven to be a mood uplifter as well as a way to calm your mind. In fact, Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist states water creates a “blue mind” which he describes as a "mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peace, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment."
I most certainly can relate. Just the other day, my stress level was through the roof from work, family medical emergencies and feeling overburdened. I went to the beach to relax and as soon as the turquoise, sparkling gulf appeared my problems started to drift away. I walked to the shoreline and stepped in. The water was brisk and cool. I took a deep breath, counted to three and dove in. When I arose I immediately felt cleansed of all of my previous stress and my mind was calm.
That day at the beach prompted me to think about how beneficial being around water can truly be. I then began to think how else can we create a "blue mind" and came up with these five "water ways" that may help you too receive a little calm and peace of the water.
Whether it is water cascading from a water feature, waves lapping upon the shore, or even the sound of a summer rain, flowing water has long been associated with meditation. The next time you hear water falling, take a moment to stop, listen and enjoy floating into a relaxed state of mind.
One of the best ways to feel the calm of water is actually being in the water. Take a long shower and wash off that busy, hectic day; dive in the deep end of the pool and allow your entire body to be submerged; float in the ocean weightless and free or take a refreshing walk in the cool rain.
Fill your eyes with the vision of water through beautiful photographs or paintings of oceans, lakes, and ponds. Look out over the ocean and discover all of it’s many different shades and colors. Watch rain falling, waves crashing, and rivers flowing
What better way to receive peace of the water but to surround yourself with it all. Paint your bedroom sea foam green while adorning your walls with photographs of the Caribbean sea. Place a water feature on your porch or in your backyard. Treat yourself to a rain shower head in the bath. If you live by a body of water, commit time to going and enjoying the water view.
These are just some ideas of how to appreciate the wonderful ways of water. Whether you choose to try these suggestions or you have your own water ideas, just remember the calming, cleansing, peaceful and wellness properties water can provide AND don't forget to share that experience with the one you love!
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