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Why The Ocean Calls To Us, According To Science

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The blue mind

A "blue mind" is a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment, that's triggered when we're in or near water. 

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  • The sound around us, from an auditory perspective, is simplified. It's not quiet, but the sound of water is far more simple than the sound of voices or the sound of music or the sound of a city.
  • The visual input is simplified. When you stand at the edge of the wa...

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A meditative state

The water could be inducing a mildly meditative state of calm focus and gentle awareness.

When we're by the water, our brains are held in a state of mild attentiveness. In this state, the brain is interested and engaged in the water, taking in sensory input but not distracted by...

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Water inspires us to be more connected

Besides the contemplative state that observing and interacting with water triggers, it's common to experience feelings of awe. And awe invokes feelings of a connection to something beyond oneself, a sense of the vastness of nature and an attempt to make sense of the experience.

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Showering and relaxation

Hopping in the shower is a great way to trigger ideas when our brains are in a creative rut

You step in the shower, and you remove a lot of the visual stimulation of your day. Auditorially, it's the same thing, it's a steady stream of "blue noise." You're not hearing voi...

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