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If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
— Loren Eiseley
In today’s busy, chaotic world, we find ourselves disconnected from Mother Nature more than ever. Technology, family, work, finances, and life obligations all too often consume our thoughts and drain our energy. We feel lonely and exhausted. Finding a sustained energy source seems to only be found at the gym or in a cup of coffee. What we sometimes forget is that we’re surrounded by natural batteries waiting to revive us. Sunshine. Oceans. Rivers. Forests. Mountains. Mother Nature is an eternal source of sustained energy. All we have to do is connect. “How do we do this?”, you might ask. There are a million and one ways but in this post we’re going to tap into the benefits of Paddling.
Connecting to Earth seems like a burden when you have a never ending to-do list at hand, however, one of the best and easiest ways to see the beauty of our waterways and connect to nature is through canoeing and kayaking. Paddling provides a silence where all people can experience everything from peaceful self exploration to exhilaration. This time on the water allows for a mindful focus where distracting thoughts seem to disappear, and the sound of the water takes over the noises in our mind. We then find our focus to be on becoming one with the vehicle, the paddle, and water all around. This practice of oneness develops and expands into our lives, building our ability to make decisions in the World from a place of peaceful presence. We find ourselves more energized and refreshed in this place. Mother Nature is an eternal source of sustained energy, but it requires quieting the loud thoughts and the world around us to maximize the benefits.
Paddling utilizes equal parts physical and mental strength on the quest for the most efficient, optimal technique required for each stroke. Building both parts in tandem play major roles in our journey as both a paddler and as a human in this always changing world. The benefits to the physical body of paddling have been proven to include improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength, and reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity. Similar studies were done around the mental health benefits of paddling which included how the practice motivates your body to release many different kinds of feel-good chemicals. As dopamine, endorphins, norepinephrine and serotonin flood your brain, you experience increased energy, an influx of positive thinking, increased self-confidence and reduced levels of stress hormones. Exercise can also improve brain function, helping you focus when making decisions. This can be highly beneficial especially when, on average, we have 35,000 decisions a day to make.
Given the whole-person health benefits and accessibility of paddling to everyone, it is an excellent means of building natural, sustained energy. Are you ready to experience its benefits? Here at the Taylor Group, we are here to support you on your journey to find a long-lasting, sustained energy source from within. Our Vitality Coach, Lori Jorgenson, was the 1st Pacific Northwest Champion Paddler at the 2004 World Sprints and has been on her own paddling journey since 1999, continuing to compete locally and all over the world. Lori utilizes decades of coaching to train you in engaging mind, body, spirit, and Heart to win whatever race you are trying to win, whether that be personal, business, or sport related. Our Champion coaches would love to work with you on a personalized approach for the overall health of your own mind, body, spirit, and heart. Contact us for a free consultation to support you in your transformation.