Having considered ideas of mindful meditation and its reliance on attention control (focus on an object via the senses) I explored how the sea could be an object of focus in this process. I looked at research suggesting the sea has a positive impact on mental health. I considered Wallace Nichols’ ideas of ‘blue mind’ which suggest, as humans, we have a deep biological connection to water which allows it to trigger positive, anxiety-reducing responses. I then created a visual response exploring how sensory focus on the waves could allow someone to pause and reflect on their thought processes.
Blue Mind by Wallace Nichols