Anyone who has paid a visit to the Cornish Coast will know the incredible feeling of peace and relaxation that just takes over as soon as you set foot on this little corner of Britain and even more so if you have had the pleasure of taking in the stunning sea views and blue flag beaches. As it turns out, there’s more to this than just holiday bliss, as anyone who lives here can attest to – this joyous out state of mind is actually something that goes hand in hand with being near water.
Dr Wallace J Nichols is the man behind the research of what is now known as Blue Mind: a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment, inspired by water.
This exploration into an emerging field, dubbed ‘Neuroconservation’, has revealed that simply being by the sea has the potential to reduce stress, balance hormones, accelerate healing and even boost creativity and empathy. Amazingly, it’s not just the sea itself that can imbue the senses and bestow these benefits, even elements associated with water such as the colour blue, the words we use to describe the sensations associated with immersion and artwork featuring seascapes can do the job, meaning that wherever you live in the world, you can bring a little bit of Blue Mind home with you in the form of some of the beautiful Cornish Coast paintings we have exhibited, here in St Mawes Gallery.