Why does my brain love the ocean and why am I always drawn to the sea?
I did an audit of all my photographs from 2019 and I noticed that of all the trips I made at the coast, 99% of them are those of the sea, self portraits near the pool, dramatic skies and ocean waves.
This was an interesting pattern and I wanted to find out what always made me photograph the ocean or how it is that all my favourite memories are at the sea, at the beach or in a swimming pool.
I noticed that ever since I went on a self discovery and healing journey, I was attracted to the ocean unconsciously at first and as a curious individual I wanted to understand the WHY.
Unplug is an experience and the reason why all unplug retreats are near the sea is personal. One of the reasons I don’t explain this to everyone who is quick to question why I don’t do it in areas they suggest is because I wish they’d pause and ask me WHY. Most have concluded I am not willing to try other areas and others think it’s because I am an Aquarius.
I’d like to talk about that……
I began exploring why my brain loves the ocean and why I was always drawn to the sea in 2019. I remember I was researching about why I love the beach when I came across the book Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols.
The book talks about the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being and what fascinated me was that he had come up with a name for this human-water connection. He called it Blue Mind which is a mildly meditative state characterised by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Blue mind is inspired by water and elements associated with water.
After reading the book, I dedicated a few months exploring how and why the concept of “mindfulness” edged me closer and closer to water. To many it may look like a fringe quest for travel but now I can confirm that I have experienced the widespread benefits.
Water has in the past offered me a compass or a wind chart especially in an age where we are anchored by technology, work and stress and LIFE’s responsibilities, casting off is wonderful. And now that I am aware of Blue Mind, it gets more exciting.
Funny how I am not a swimmer but you will almost always find me near a pool if I am not near the sea. When I am in water, that’s the only thing that matters.. The moment water encloses me, I am present and calm.
I would also like to spend time at the ocean with psychologists, therapists, researchers, mental health educators, trauma therapists, creatives and maybe entrepreneurs to help answer the question: “What happens when your most complex organ-the brain- meets the planet’s largest feature-water?”
It now makes sense and I can confidently explain to those who matter about my tendency to go to the coast for some of the most significant moments of my life.
I have been photographing images that visually explain how the sound and sight of the water influences my brain.
Since I always unplug when I am near the ocean, I notice all the feelings that are arising like the waves. At first it used to be disturbing but now it produces some peace I can’t find words to explain. I take deep breaths and enjoy the mental refreshment that comes from either the gentle, rhythmic sensation of hearing waves lapping the shore.
I’m on a journey in search of people who are also drawn to the water. I’d like to have a chat with people who would like to share their stories about water and if possible experience it with me.
I know that for me to better understand Blue Mind and to explain it to anyone curious enough, I need to understand the beginnings of Blue Mind as I would like to include it in the unplug program by Toxic Work Spaces.