Here’s a good reason to take one
Research shows that being near, in, on, or under the water can improve our mood and our health, and increase our creativity and connectedness. “People can experience the benefits of the water whether they’re near the ocean, a lake, a river, a swimming pool or even listening to the soothing sound of a fountain,” says Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, avid scuba diver and author of Blue Mind (2014).
Listening to water may also clear the mind, suggests Michael Wenger, Dean, Buddhist Studies, of the San Francisco Zen Center. He says that “flowing or moving water is ‘white noise’. Listening to the sound—allowing it to wash over you—is a meditative act that puts you in the [present] moment.”
That break can give your mind space to come up with creative ideas and to have epiphanies – which explains the above photo. While visiting relatives who live in a lakefront house, I felt a calm wash over me and a burst of creativity – hence my sharing this research and wisdom with you.
If you can’t get to the ocean or a lake, fear not: consider taking a shower. According to Nichols, “[y]ou step into the shower and it’s like a mini-vacation. The shower is a proxy for the…ocean, and you remove a lot of the visual [and auditory] stimulation of your day.” The same can be said of a bath, as it gets you in and, mostly, under the water.
So, what are you waiting for! Get that shower or bath water running and enjoy a quick vacation feeling. You are welcome to share with me – at 215-260-4881 – any creative ideas that wash over you.
Wishing you time with water,
I recently went to a concert of one of my favorite musicians: Keith Urban. At age 54, with more than 30 years in the music industry, he rocked a sold-out 25,000-person outdoor venue for 2+ hours on a Sunday evening in 90-degree heat. What an inspiration!
We shouldn’t have to pretend that everything is okay when it isn’t.
On a recent road trip, I stopped in Charlotte, North Carolina and discovered the city loves public art. It boasts over 60 murals, one of which caught my eye and my heart – the Confetti Hearts Wall Mural by artist Evelyn Hanson in the South End neighborhood.
Everyone has heard, seen and dissected the “slap” Will Smith bestowed on Chris Rock. On the precipice of receiving the crowning achievement of his career, the Academy Award for Best Actor, Smith slapped Rock on television before a global audience.
As we enter this new year, the pandemic is still creating uncertainty in our personal and professional lives. That said, now is the most popular time to set goals and resolutions. In order to set ourselves up for success, we need to be thoughtful about what we want to accomplish.
Who among us hasn’t had a moment, a day or a week where we felt the pressure in our lives – professionally and personally – to “go out there” and do what is expected of us even when all we really wanted to do was get back under the covers?