What is ‘Blue Mind’ ? How can it enhance our Water Awareness to value Water Resource properly?

‘Blue Mind' explores the calming effect that water has on people

In "Blue Mind," a marine biologist explores how being close to the ocean can affect the human brain. (Bigstock) By Eric NiilerJuly 28

Wallace J. Nichols spent nearly two decades as a marine biologist studying Pacific Ocean sea turtles and working with fishermen in Baja California, Mexico, to protect the turtles from poachers. But in the past five years, he has turned a new page, delving into neuroscience, human behavior and what he calls the "blue mind."

Nichols, who lives near Santa Cruz, Calif., has come to believe that the best way to protect the oceans and its denizens is to make people value the good feelings that arise from being around water. Since 2011, he has organized a yearly"Blue Mind" conferencebringing together researchers studying the human brain and the marine world. His new book, "Blue Mind," combines personal stories and research studies to describe the healing power of water. He recently spoke by telephone with The Post.

What is the "blue mind"?

It refers to a mildly meditative, relaxed state that we find ourselves in when we are in, on or under water. It's something I've been experiencing and observing my whole life. As marine biologists, we don't get a chance to talk about that feeling seriously and publicly. Yet it is the reason I became a marine biologist. At the same time, none of the books about water ever talked about the human brain. For several years, I tried to give this away as an idea. This was a pretty big left turn. I dove in and started putting on conferences and inviting the best neuroscientists and pairing them up with aquatic professionals and listening and collecting the conversations. There's now a huge network of people over the past five years who seem interested in being connected and pushing the research forward and figuring out how to apply it in practical ways.

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