Ocean meditation is one of the most powerful and effective techniques to achieve a peaceful mind and a calm spirit. It is a practice that requires patience and discipline, but it can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health.
When you meditate on the beach, you become one with the sand, sea and sun. You’re able to focus your attention on each element without letting your thoughts interfere with your meditative experience.
Gather a variety of ocean artifacts to help you slip more deeply into your ocean meditation: seashells, a vial of sand, stones rubbed smooth by the pounding surf or a recording of ocean sounds. You can also use a print like Vija Celmins’ “Untitled.”
Breathe through your nose with your eyes closed to listen to the sound of the waves rolling in and out on the shore. Repeat each inhale and exhale until you feel completely relaxed.
Sand play is another ocean meditation that you can do with your children or just yourself. Start by sitting on the sandy beach, close your eyes and slowly breath in through your nose to feel the sand filling your lungs. After several breaths, begin to build a sandcastle with your hands and feet, creating whatever form feels comfortable for you.
Ocean meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress, boost your immune system and improve sleep. It’s also a great way to relax your body and enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of nature.