Mid-summer day. The sweet scent of cut grass surrounds me. It is warm, hot really and all I can think of is hopping on my bike and going down to the lake. Barefoot, bathing suit on, t-shirt and shorts, backpack with essentials, towel, suntan oil, some money for the ice cream stand for later on in the day. My bike is ready and waiting to take me to my daily respite. In my youth, the lake was my sanctuary. The lake was located in the center of my very small town and it was firmly in the center of my life. The lake offered cool relief from hot summer days. It also leveled the playing field with the rest of the kids in my town. At the lake we were equal. Social or economic class structures fell away at the lake. Nobody cared if you wore the best jeans or lived in a fancy house. At the lake it was all about fun, sun and swimming. We all found solace at the lake for different reasons. Swimming in that cool dark water of my youth was pure joy.
I have always been drawn to water. Lakes, rivers and streams from the first memories of my youth. Plentiful in upstate New York. As I got older, my need for water intensified and shifted to the ebb and flow of the ocean. The powerful roar stirred my soul and calmed my mind. The more frantic my life became, with ever increasing responsibility, kids, work, life…the more intense the pull towards the calm of water. Big water – ocean waves with mesmerizing shades of blue, turquoise and emerald. Warm and welcoming in the Caribbean, bold and magnificent in New England – each beckoned me closer to its edge or wrapped me in the velvet comfort of restoration, never failing to deliver.
Water as it turns out is a healing tonic for most people as written by Wallace J. Nichols in the bestselling book, Blue Mind. The immeasurable sense of peace that we feel around water is what Nichols calls our “blue mind” which is our chance to escape the hyper-connected, over-stimulated lives we lead. We are drawn to the water at the deepest levels of our subconscious in search of precious solitude. We gravitate to blues and aqua as symbols of calm and wellbeing.
It is no wonder that in the midst of a long cold winter we plan our escape to warmer weather. We seek respite from the psychological and physical effects of shorter days, less sun and freezing temperatures.
Understanding our connection to water, I imagine that what is also tugging at our hearts is the need for solitude, rejuvenation and peace that in its unique way, only water can provide.
Take me to the water please, I am ready to go!
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