Mindful Mondays – Week 50 – The Pull of the Ocean

Ocean waves crash against the shore. I inhale deeply and smell the fresh, salty air as it washes over me. The wind whips at my face in a battle with the sun whose rays are trying to warm it. Ah, the ocean. My place of serenity, rejuvenation, and where I feel most at peace with the world around me.

Have you ever wondered why we are drawn to not just the ocean, but all bodies of water? It seems, water is such an ingrained peace of the human experience that its presence in our lives, is not only pleasing, but mandatory.

The Pull of the Ocean

Ocean Benefit #1

The ocean has the ability to calm our minds into a meditative state. This peaceful, relaxed state is equivalent to shutting out the rest of the world in a mere few minutes. If you consider how much we are inundated daily by the ringing and beeping of technology and the tasks associated with those sounds, it is no wonder being near the ocean allows our brains to take a break.

With a steady, repetitive sound of the tide before us, our brains can simply let go and become immersed in the here and now. Similar to a slowed pattern of breathing you may find yourself using while meditating, the ocean’s waves replicate the cycle, immersing you in the rhythm.

Ocean Benefit #2

We become happier individuals when we spend time near water. I have often noticed that while walking along the boardwalk, that is perfectly situated beside the crashing waves, people tend to be more engaging. They appear happier and more willing to say, “hello” or “good morning”. It is as if we come together to meet at the water’s edge to reconnect, not only with ourselves, but also with each other.

Ocean Benefit #3

I am a stellar problem solver when I’ve spent time near the water. Heck, I don’t even have to walk along the beach. I can simply hop in the shower and the ideas begin to flow. I bet you’ve experienced this phenomenon yourself. As a writer, this tool for finding creative solutions to plot and/or character dilemma’s is like striking gold.

I’ve also noticed that a conversation with a friend is always better at the water’s edge. It seems like we solve the world’s problems and then some as we stroll along in the crisp ocean air. Combining the briskness of a walk with the ocean air, is a recipe for kinship like no other.

In 2015, scientist, Dr. Wallace Nichols published Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under the water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You do. With actual science backing what we already know in our hearts to be true, spending time in and around the ocean is again, not only beneficial but a mandatory part of life.

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