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The mind is like water. when it is turbulent, it is difficult to see. when it is calm, everything becomes clearer. -prasad mahes
growing up in hawaii, i spent a lot of time near or in the water, and developed a very deep connection to the ocean. now that i'm in the pacific northwest, just being next to nearby rivers, lakes, creeks, and waterfalls calms my mind and body in a way that is hard to explain. my favorite sounds are the waves crashing against the shore, the rushing water of a creek running over the rocks, and being underwater in the calm, muffled space where i can hear my heartbeat and a quiet peace unlike any other sound i know.
something about the water just soothes my soul, and helps me meditate very deeply. when i'm experiencing a heightened moment of anxiety or stress, i try to be next to or in the water, but that isn't always possible. instead, i sometimes turn to a simple youtube video of the ocean or waterfalls, and have this on in the background as i work. the beautiful view and relaxing sounds of the waves hitting the shore or the ripples of the water instantly calm my mind. i take time to watch the flow of the water gently moving with such an ease and so little effort.
i also setup a small tabletop fountain on my office desk, and start my day by turning it on before i dive into work. the constant, gentle flow of water calms my mind, and helps me stay in the present moment.
about 3 years ago, i took up stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, and this was another way i could explore the beautiful lakes and rivers of the pacific northwest, while calming my mind and body. something about gently floating over the water and moving with the current grounded me and relaxed my mind, helping me to enjoy the present moment.
water has a healing effect. i encourage you to spend some time near water in the coming days, and see how it helps shift your mind and body. if you can't physically be near water, i encourage you to use a sound app or online video to help nourish your soul and balance your mind and body. feel free to share your experience in the comments below.