Swimming – II

…But what if we were to introduce the conscious mind to another, less intense, less varied, calmer environment? The swimming pool is such an environment! When you are swimming, you are mostly submerged in water, so you are oblivious to the happenings of the world above you. Plus, while swimming since you are basically looking at the bottom of the pool, all that you see is a structured environment which is similar in length, colour, texture throughout. So since the environment inside the pool is dissimilar and constant, the conscious mind doesn’t have to process and evaluate any new information continuously and this results in the conscious mind being calmer & neutral than in the usual circumstances.

Also, there is the breathing process. In swimming, to be proficient you need to be able to breathe while you swim. Under normal circumstances, the breathing function is totally under the control of the subconscious mind. But while swimming, you need to consciously monitor & control the rate of breathing, the direction you breathe in & breathe out from, the point at which you need to breath etc. So in essence, breathing while swimming is a process in which that rarest of rare event happens — the unison of the conscious and subconscious mind. And I have already said earlier that the greatest achievements in our world have become possible when the conscious and subconscious minds are in concurrence.

Now that we can achieve the union of minds while swimming, what if we use this opportunity to inject the subconscious mind with positive thoughts as well?! The way I like to do it is, while swimming I try to mentally recite some positive affirmation (with eyes open) or view a mental image of something that I want (with eyes closed). By doing this, I’m yet again impregnating my subconscious with new thoughts & programming while the conscious mind is in a relaxed neutral state. So swimming can not only be good for your physical health, it can be great for your mental health & future well being as well!