Writings: Finding your “Blue Mind”

water1You’ve noticed the difference & so have I – it always feels better to be close to the water. What’s involved here? The Huffington Post’s Carolyn Gregoire offers an insightful review of the special connection between H2O and us – here’s more:

Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative
by Carolyn Gregoire

Since ancient times, humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, baths were an important part of cultural life, a place where citizens went to find relaxation and to connect with others in a calming setting. In ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal wisdom, and traditional Chinese medicine, the water element is crucial to balancing the body and creating physical harmony. Rivers have long been seen as sacred places, and in a number of different spiritual contexts, water has symbolized rebirth, spiritual cleansing and salvation.

Today, we still turn to water for a sense of calm and clarity. We spend our vacations on the beach or at the lake; get exercise and enjoyment from water sports like surfing, scuba diving, sailing, and swimming; refresh ourselves with long showers and soothing baths, and often build our lives and homes around being near the water.

Our affinity for water is even reflected in the near-universal attraction to the color blue. We’re naturally drawn to aquatic hues — the color blue is overwhelming chosen as the favorite color of people around the world, and marketing research has found that people tend to associate it with qualities like calm, openness, depth and wisdom.

Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, believes that we all have a “blue mind” — as he puts it, “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” — that’s triggered when we’re in or near water.

“We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken,” Nichols writes in Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, published in July. “We have a ‘blue mind’ — and it’s perfectly tailored to make us happy in all sorts of ways that go way beyond relaxing in the surf, listening to the murmur of a stream, or floating quietly in a pool.”

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ENC: The new struggle is the same as the old struggle…where’s the water?

water2222In The Emperor’s New Clothes section, we take a peek at the stuff nobody wants to talk about…you know, the stuff that matters most & gets talked about most & acted on the least.

30a95d6949aedacc4f0b9c1c9efb7c7493c14e75As you know from the Ten Most Important Things (and, most reliably, your own good sense), there are too many human beings on the planet, and what we mean by this is simple: there isn’t enough cake at this party when too many folks show up.

Or water.

Here’s a quick rundown of the years ahead, but┬ámy friends, we can’t wait till then to share & heal. We need to make plans now. We need to practice sharing now. We need to offer what we have & start to re-design what we call progress, now. The humans and the other creatures on Earth not having clean water to drink…not progress.

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