Archives for September 2014

Blue Mind: Reading a New Book and Making a Change


Is there anything better than sitting by the ocean, watching the sun go down? I’m reading Blue Mind: The Surprising Science that Shows How Being Near, In, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, by Wallace J. Nichols.

Outside Magazine calls the author a “visionary,” and a reviewer with Library Journal calls his sense of wonder and love for his subject inspiring.

I can’t argue with his passion for the sea–or a river, creek, or lake, for that matter.  Water mesmerizes as it shimmers, ebbs, flows, froths, foams, gurgles, splashes or puddles. When I watch the waves surge over the shore, I can feel my stress melting away.

Found this quote today, which seems relevant as I consider a big decision: “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do, you will sink and drown. Instead you relax and float.” – Alan Watts

It all comes down to faith when you contemplate a change. Either you believe it will make your life better, and you move forward with confidence and hope, or you can’t summon up enough faith, and you’re hamstrung by fear. You stay where you are. You get stuck and never know what might have been on the other side.

Today I’m choosing faith.