The Luxury of Blue Mind Space
What does luxury mean in an era when the mega-rich seemingly have access to every conceivable item of value that’s out there to be had. For those who are mindful, the answer is easy, luxury hasn’t disappeared or lost its appeal, it has just changed its meaning to reflect the desirability of something so priceless that even money can’t buy it.
After a lifetime of overstimulation derived from opulence and extravagance, high net worth individuals are finding themselves competing in a scarce open market for the same thing everyone else is looking for. Hint: It’s not more “stuff”.
We’ve all got plenty of possessions to fill up our lives. And as we grow older, we’re discovering that the Pharaohs are ancient history and none of us is going to have the luxury of being buried with all of our possessions to help escort us into the afterlife.
Today, luxury is all about having memorable experiences and the time to enjoy them, rather than collecting and hoarding more “things”. How many cars can you drive? How many boats can you sail? How many houses can you own before each one becomes another gilded cage with another set of worries to eat up your time.
Blue mind is the term that arose out of research by notable marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. It describes the relaxing and meditative state of mind that is induced when we live in proximity to water, particularly the ocean.
Living next to the ocean can be transformative in a variety of ways: First, the ocean acts as a natural stress reliever. The rhythmic sounds of the waves crashing against the shore create a soothing ambiance to help reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.
Second, the vastness of the ocean and the endless expanse of its horizon encourage a shift in perspective. In the presence of such immense beauty and magnitude, worries and problems seem smaller and more manageable. This change in perspective can feel incredibly liberating, allowing us to let go of stress and gain a fresh outlook on life.
Third, the negative ions present in sea air have been scientifically proven to increase levels of serotonin in our brains, which contribute to improved mood and overall well-being. Breathing in air charged with negative ions boosts the immune system, increases energy levels, and enhances cognitive function.
The ocean offers a multisensory experience. The smell of the salty air, the feel of sand between the toes, and the sight of the ever-changing tides all stimulate the senses and foster a deeper connection with the world. This connection can awaken a sense of awe and wonder, reminding us of our place in the world and interconnectedness with all living beings.
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