Different people approach the water in different ways. There are those who go into the sea just to rinse and cool off. Others go in with water mattresses and float around. Some people actually swim. My favorite are the groups of middle aged and beyond Greek women wearing hats who go way beyond the shore and kind of hover together and talk and talk and talk. From a distance they look like floating heads.
Recently I read reviews about a book entitled “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” that I’m curious to read.
There is no life without water. And maybe that’s why we are so attracted to being near the sea. The author, Wallace J. Nichols, claims that the nearness of water stimulates our brain by releasing dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. Up to 60% of the adult body is composed of water and for the brain it’s about 80%. So being near the water is like being nearer to ourselves.
The sea offers other rewards. The color blue is relaxing and the frequency caused by the waves is good for our personal vibratory level. Furthermore, water gazing permits our mind to drift so we are present but relaxed. Water, says Nichols, meditates you.
Being around water isn’t enough. You have to drink it, too. Water helps keep your flow. This means moving oxygen around and sending blood to your tissues. Water also lubricates your joints and keeps you from feeling stiff. And, of course, water helps you eliminate toxins and solid wastes. And if you suffer from fatigue, this could mean that you’re dehydrated.
Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning has many health benefits such as balancing the lymph system purifying the colon and renewing cells.
Today’s mantra comes from Alexi Murdoch’s “Blue Mind”.
I’m drifting. I’m drifting. I’m drifting. I’m drifting.
Related links: Hydromancy + Look at the crowds of water-gazers there. Melville + Whale Song + The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare