Depending on our levels of awareness at any one point in time, we can detect a number of things when teaching others in water. For example, we can observe PHYSICAL MOVEMENT with our eyes and hands, we can feel EMOTIONAL EXCHANGES through our own feelings or detect human ENERGY TRANSMISSIONS through our senses on a narrow or wider spectrum depending on where we are at in ourselves. We are in fact doing all of the above all at once and much more.
The aquatic environment amplifies these subtle experiences that take place internally for a number of reasons I call AQUATIC INTELLIGENCE. Water demands that we are present in the here and NOW more than our habitual land environment, even if we are proficient at swimming. Buoyancy, resonance and increased pressure are but some of the qualities that make us behave differently when in water and ask us to be even more attentive when we are with people who are only just learning how to find pleasure in the sea or pool (no, I won’t call it ‘swimming’ at this point because it is a misleading term in my opinion).
Doing things MINDFULLY however important or small breeds AWARENESS. Awareness requires PRESENCE, presence is cultivated through PRACTICE. How do we cultivate our presence in water so that we become more in tune with what we are transmitting, more effective as educators or therapists, more authentic and accepting of what the water brings up for us to see and ultimately happier and more loving in ourselves?
The body of work called WATER CONSCIOUS addresses the ways of becoming more self aware as aquatic professionals in the water.
By cultivating our presence in water we:
These are but some of the effects of cultivating our presence in water which will very likely overflow into our everyday life.
Cultivating presence takes practice but this is not about becoming a yogini or a proficient meditator. Becoming WATER CONSCIOUS is aimed at aquatic professionals that are engaged in human interactions which take place in water for learning or therapeutic purposes.
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