Date

5-12-2020

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For those who have been exposed to bodies of water, lakes, ponds, puddles, swimming pools, forest waterfalls, oceans, creeks and cricks, streams, rivers, or even bubble baths, there is a case to be made for the correlation between water and personal restoration. People are drawn to water just as animals flock to it for survival, or as sediment runs from a mountain stream to the powerful waves of the ocean that will carry it even further to its new resting place. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of bestselling book, "Blue Mind" which presents a persuasive case for water's healing powers and the surprising science that shows how being near water can make a person happier and healthier. He writes, "Water symbolizes many things connected with healing. Pouring forth from within the depths of the earth, it represents life and regeneration"(Nichols 139). The pull that water has on the human soul is captivating, luring, and lasting. Water serves as a powerful therapeutic landscape that provides those who are near it with a sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. To display water as a tangible embodiment of restoration, I will pair independently-taken photos of water from around the world with ten nonfiction micro-essays about each place and how my experiences in those places correlate with the symbolic significance of water and the therapeutic benefits it provides, following the example of Orion Magazine's segment "The Place Where You Live".

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May 12th, 12:00 AM

Water as a Therapeutic Landscape and the Inspiration for a Collection of Short Essays About the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Effects Water Embodies

For those who have been exposed to bodies of water, lakes, ponds, puddles, swimming pools, forest waterfalls, oceans, creeks and cricks, streams, rivers, or even bubble baths, there is a case to be made for the correlation between water and personal restoration. People are drawn to water just as animals flock to it for survival, or as sediment runs from a mountain stream to the powerful waves of the ocean that will carry it even further to its new resting place. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of bestselling book, "Blue Mind" which presents a persuasive case for water's healing powers and the surprising science that shows how being near water can make a person happier and healthier. He writes, "Water symbolizes many things connected with healing. Pouring forth from within the depths of the earth, it represents life and regeneration"(Nichols 139). The pull that water has on the human soul is captivating, luring, and lasting. Water serves as a powerful therapeutic landscape that provides those who are near it with a sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. To display water as a tangible embodiment of restoration, I will pair independently-taken photos of water from around the world with ten nonfiction micro-essays about each place and how my experiences in those places correlate with the symbolic significance of water and the therapeutic benefits it provides, following the example of Orion Magazine's segment "The Place Where You Live".