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Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness exercises are a very powerful tool to use, especially during stressful times as we are going through now; and one thing that I like to use to help calm the spirit and body is water.  Water brings peace to the soul and brings the brain to a meditative, calm state. Did you know that water can help you relax, and if you allow it, can even get you to sleep?

Vero Beach, Florida

Water

Mindfulness of water can help you get to the meditative state even if you can’t get to the ocean or body of water physically.  Even a simple thing as being mindful when you wash the dishes. Focus on the water sound, how it feels when it’s hitting your skin, the temperature, this daily task can make you feel relaxed.  Water has a calming effect on your mind, allowing you to go into a meditative state.

New Bern, North Carolina

Tools to Use

I like using a sound machine when I have a hard time getting to sleep.  I put my sound machine on the ocean sound. When the waves roll in and when they roll out that relaxing sound that repeats can get most people to sleep. Many people when coming home or if you are at home and have a stressful day, a bath or shower makes one relax.  It not only brings stress relief to your body but also to your brain.

I haven’t done this yet, but do still want to invest in a fountain that trickles down water to use inside or if I find a larger one then I can put it on my screened-in porch.

Edisto Island, South Carolina
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

What I Miss the Most

I am a travel blogger, so travel to me is not only something I have enjoyed all my life, but it is also what I do for a living.  When everything hit our world like the Coronavirus, all of that came to a complete halt. I am not sure when, or if, it will return fully to what it was like before, to be honest; but I can still dream of past trips and trips to come.

This is why I am grateful to have photos and memories of places I have visited, especially of places in the past year my family and I have visited near bodies of water.  I literally revisit these places in my thoughts; I try to recreate the atmosphere and sometimes the dishes so I can go to my happy place.

New Bern, North Carolina
Beaufort Inlet leading to Atlantic Ocean – Beaufort, North Carolina

How to Find Out More

If you don’t know much about Mindfulness and want to learn about it and/or how water can calm your spirit, there are many books and YouTube videos on the subject.  Some that have been suggested to me are listed below. Also, it’s great to have Audible to listen to the books at home if you would rather listen to an audiobook rather than reading it. Either way, it’s worth learning about Mindfulness.  This practice has helped me through some very stressful times in my life.

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Photos and Videos of Bodies of Water

Above and below are some photos and videos of water that my family and I have enjoyed from our travels.  I hope you will get some enjoyment from these photos and videos too. And once this virus is under control, I hope you get to visit some of the places that my family and I have enjoyed over the years.   

Stay safe!  Let me know if you practice Mindfulness and share what ways help you through stressful times.

St. George Island, Florida
Wyndham Emerald Grande – Destin, Florida
The Haw River- Saxapahaw, North Carolina
Wyndham Bonnet Creek – Orlando, Florida
Wyndham Bonnet Creek – Orlando, Florida
The Sailors Return – Stuart, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Lake Lure, North Carolina
My Son and I at Vero Beach, Florida
Indian River – Vero Beach, Florida
Disney Resort Beach – Vero Beach, Florida
Hudson River – Piermont, New York
Potomac RiverGeorge Washington Mount Vernon, Virginia

Let me know if you have been to any of the places above and where some of your favorite beaches or bodies of water are located.

49 Comments

  • The beach is my happy place! There, and my kitchen. I’ve been to many of those place in your gorgeous photos. Destin, Jacksonville, Vero and Stuart, FL. Love Sailors Return. Yummy food and amazing view. Also visited Virginia Beach. Plus many that you haven’t mentioned. Grew up spending summers in Atlantic City, NJ. And I have lived in South Florida for 37 years so we have explored most of the beaches including the Keys and West Coast. There is no such thing as a bad day at the beach!

    • I agree, the beach is a wonderful place to be! I lived in S. Florida for 16 years. When I lived there I would go to the Keys often, love them and need to return there.
      I have been to many places with gorgeous waters, including Lake Como in Italy! If you have not been there try to get there in your lifetime.

  • I love these pictures! Water, it must bring me back to my birth – always comforting. Thanks for the nice variety of water view settings!

  • Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing! Rumor has it, I am a “water sign”…according to my daughter. She must be right because there is nothing in nature I connect more to than water. My favorite is the ocean. I could sit and listen to the waves for hours…days! I love to think about how vast it is and it’s power. It reminds me of God, and that he is in control and has me and every person on earth in his hands. This brings peace and calmness to my soul. 💞.

    • Yes water is so peaceful. I want to get a fountain/waterfall sculpture for my screen porch so that when I am not at the beach or lake I can at least go there in my head.

    • Yes, the ocean is so relaxing, a great place to reflect on life! Glad it brings peace to your soul.

  • I’ve been to several of your pictured beaches! I agree that being around the water is soothing for the soul. Thanks for the amazing photos!

    • They are all great places to go to. Two of our favorites are Edisto Beach and the last visit to Virginia Beach was great too!

  • Beautiful pictures! My husband loves to be on the water. He gets our family out on a boat any chance he can get 🙂

  • Gorgeous pictures! I love the water, too. I’ve been to a few places along the east coast, and this summer, I got to go to the west coast for the first time. Beach time is the best!

  • Grew up with Lake Life, and honestly miss it. Lakes in Florida are not the same as The Great Lake State!

    • That’s a great childhood to live near water. I miss living by the beach and having it easily accessible to me, so I understand how you miss it.

  • Stunning photos! Totally agree that water is relaxing…it’s my favorite form of meditation and therapy 😎 Am actually staying at a cabin on a lake over the 4th and then headed to Florida on Sunday. I should be set for a while.

  • I’ve been working on being more mindful for a couple of years now, and I love water. Your pictures are lovely! I have been reading a book in which I visualize the word “now” before taking walks or taking a bath. Tyring to appreciate the present. Great stuff!

  • Our whole family sleeps with a white noise machine and we take one with us when we travel. We put it on rain though, not ocean. When I was pregnant with my first child we took Bradley classes and prepared for a natural childbirth. In preparation I made a playlist to play during my labor and it included rain sounds, thunderstorms to be exact, and that playlist was so calming and comforting to me. Laying on the couch with a cozy blanket and a book during a thunderstorm is one of my favorite things to do.

    • Great idea to travel with your sound machine. I’ll have to try the rain sound to see if I can fall to sleep with that setting.

  • I agree! Water is so good for the soul. The ocean is where I go to recharge simply by watching it do its thing…and love falling asleep to the crashing waves. And I always travel with my portable Homedics sound machine…the first one in your Amazon picks…highly recommend.

  • What a great post! I’ve been fortunate to live on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and there’s nothing more peaceful than the water. When I lived in Boston, even in the winter, I’d sit, working while looking out at the waves; at night, it was quiet enough to hear them.

  • I am always happiest when I am by the ocean. I could sit and watch the waves all day. So calming. Your pictures are so serene.

  • Yes to water! I love your pictures – I’ve been to both Vero and Bonnet Creek multiple times. Such good memories!

    • Thank you! Vero Beach is where I have family and visit often. Glad you travel to both areas in Florida, beautiful and fun places to vacation to.

  • The beach feeds my soul, and I would love to be relaxing on any of the ones you’ve highlighted. Navarre Beach, FL is my favorite. It just feels like home every time I visit. I’m planning to visit Disney at Vero Beach when travel is safe again. And the Outer Banks, NC is on my short list.

    • I haven’t been to Navarre Beach yet. When we return to Destin we will take a visit to that beach. The emerald waters are just so beautiful in that area from Navarre Beach to Rosemary Beach.

    • I hope we get to live closer to the beach again in the future, now we have to take a few hours to get there. Glad you have it close to you.

  • Water is definetely meditative in my books. I love listening to it, I love looking at it. I also like listening to birds to make me fall asleep.

  • I don’t think it’s any accident I was born under the water sign Pisces. The ocean is my happy place and water is the most powerful element on earth! Great pics

  • We are so alike! I find such peace in water. All forms forms of water like beaches, rain, waterfalls, and streams. Our whole family sleeps with a sound machine and we bring one with us on vacation too.

  • Water, water! Running water relaxes the soul, but give me the warm sub-tropical Atlantic coast beach shoreline! Ahhhhhhh! Enough said.

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