Meditation • Sailing • Mindful Movement

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. —Rumi

Because neuroplasticity teaches us that we can re-wire our brains for calm, clarity, connection to our natural world, and even joy! The neuroscience of Blue Mind shows us how being near, in, on, or underwater can make us happier, healthier, more focused, and creative.

The emphasis in Mindfulness practice is on The Practice. Mindfulness meditation is seated in simplicity, stillness, intention, and attention. We take time each day to sit quietly and listen, steadying our attention within, opening to the full range of human experience.

On the Sailing Vessel Blue Mind, we rest in the body, held in the embrace of the natural world. There is nothing to do except be with experience. As gentle awareness becomes our home, we awaken to an intuitive sense of oneness, interconnection, kindness, compassion, and care for all beings.

Mindful Movement

Qigong is a form of embodied meditation practice; it is moving meditation. It is an ancient tradition that harmonizes gentle movement, breathing, Qi (life energy), and a meditative state of mind into one exercise. With its focus on balance and tranquility, Qigong nurtures and supports the integration of our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Those who practice daily experience calm, clarity, and harmony with our natural environment.

Intentional movement, attention to posture, and slow, deep rhythmic deep breaths are the heart of Qigong practice.. The balanced flow of Qi or life energy is the cornerstone of traditional Qigong practice.

At first, Taiji Qigong Shibashi, an 18-movement form of Qigong practice, suggests using mental images to enter a meditative state. Using images that have a poetic sense related to each movement helps to create happiness, relax the body, and quiet the mind. Many of the images in this form are related to the water, earth, and sky—a water fountain, rowing on a calm lake, water droplets, an undulating wave, diving into the sea, a flying wild goose, dancing with a rainbow, and separating the clouds all done with a sense of being rooted to the earth, and evoking the embodiment of Clear Blue Mind.

Once the mind quiets, perception shifts from these mental images to the inner body, observing life’s energy without judgment and without guiding the Qi. Entering this state of tranquility releases physical tension, which builds and nurtures energy, and improves both posture and the flow of Qi as you practice.

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Through embodied awareness practices, Diane invites us to bring heartful attention and intention to the way we live, move, and breathe. Diane’s teachings are infused with her deep love and care for our beautiful home, this planet earth, its seas and skies, plants, and trees, and for all living beings woven into this interconnected and interdependent web of life.

She warmly invites you aboard the s/v Blue Mind to experience how nature can support healing, build resilience and emotional intelligence, and even joy in finding meaning through connection with nature and our shared humanity.

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