Would you change your vacation destination if you learned that being by water can help you refresh and clear your mind? Studies have shown that being around water calms our minds and our bodies. Something even as simple as a nice long shower or bubble bath, the simple act of being in water refreshes our minds. But I know personally, I have never stopped and thought “taking a long shower always helps me relax”, its just an unspoken truth. Wallace J. Nichols, has written a book about his belief that we all have a “blue mind” (a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment) and it is triggered when we are in or near water. In Nichols book, 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. he discusses 6 important benefits of getting in touch with your “Blue Mind”. [Read more…] about Taking a break by the water
With all the new “Lose 20 Lbs. in 10 days” diets popping up all over, it can be daunting to remain consistent with a healthy diet, when it seems to be as simple as grabbing an apple from the fridge instead of grabbing a handful of Doritos to satisfy our need to snack. The food we put in our body is directly related to what we are feeding our mind. The more unhealthy, the worse we feel and the slower our mind processes things. We all know it is easier said than done and have all had moments when we just don’t care. However, the best way to keep our minds healthy is to keep our bodies healthy at the same time. [Read more…] about Feeding our Mind
Last night I was looking for something to read before bed. I looked over my bookshelf, looking for something that would be comforting and put me to sleep quickly. Perhaps something I had read before, and enjoyed.
As I looked over the variety of books, something happened that happens nearly every time I go to my bookshelf: I see some educational book that I know I should read. I see some somber poetic authors that I should be enriching myself with. While I do enjoy educational books and somber poetry, I had the intent and initial intuition of reading something light and comforting before bed. It’s clear I was wrestling with the part of me that is suspicious of my need. Did I fear that some light reading would dull my mind or lessen my intelligence? I ended up just staring and thumbing through a few books until I got tired and went to bed.
This got me to thinking today about the way we distrust positive feedback that we get from the world and even ourselves. There is this unspoken belief that intelligence leans toward pessimism. In reality, the smartest thing I could have done in that moment would be to pick up a trusted old book that I knew would make me sleepy and be done with it! I certainly don’t need to cram new information into my brain at all hours.. besides, that is not an efficient way to retain knowledge anyways!
Sometimes the smartest thing you can do accept and honor your needs even if they seem small… even when they seem corny… even when you wished they looked smarter.