The first time I met J was at Blue Ocean Film Festival in 2012. He was speaking at a dinner and presented a clear blue marble to a person who he felt positively influenced his love for water. He asked us all to pick up our blue marble and hold it to our heart, then our head, then peer through it with our eye. It looked like the sun glinting through the ocean on an offshore passage…on a calm day of course – the kind of day I can look at the glinting light and not get seasick. That is what went through my mind as I participated in his demonstration. It seemed silly – sharing blue marbles, talking about “our brains on water.”
A year later I learned more about what Blue Mind meant to J and immediately felt like he was understanding what I felt and couldn’t explain. I wanted to meet him right away. More importantly, I wanted him to be in One Simple Question because a major theme of our film is how the ocean influences us in a ways of the heart.
J agreed to meet Ben and I for an interview. He said that water influences people to surface their best self – the self that is calm, creative, introspective, thoughtful, and at peace. This I already knew. But what I didn’t know was that neuro-scientists have been working with J to quantify my qualitative understanding of the ocean’s influence! I love the scientific process and so, of course, I thought that was awesome! I read J’s book as soon as I could. And you should too.
Blue Mind is a must-read for anyone who feels infinite when they are near the ocean. Sailors feel this. Artists feel this. I know this.