If you are like me, your number one to-go-to stress relief space is the shower or the swimming pool. I have always found flowing water to be exceptional at calming me down and relieving some of the daily life stress I get. To understand this fascinating effect that water yields and whether I can replicate the same effects of flowing water by using Zen indoor water fountains to enhance meditation experience, I dug a little on the subject.
It turns out, flowing water has the ability to give our minds and bodies a break from the overstimulation that we constantly experience on a daily basis at our offices or while out and about. The sound of moving water, while still audible, is simple, thereby reducing the extent of our auditory stimulation we experience. Importantly, I found out that you can use these effects of flowing water to enhance your meditation experience.
Moving water has been found to inadvertently induce a meditative state. For instance, while relaxing at the beach, most of us will simply stare at the lake or the ocean and enjoy the movement of currents. As such, you enter a state of mild attentiveness where your mind is engaged, but still very much at ease. You are not overloaded with input from your environment. This is in stark contrast to the sensory overload that we experience constantly on a daily basis at work, and sometimes at home.
Our Affinity To Water As A Healing Element
Whether you look at the modern societies or explore ancient cultures, water has and still is considered to have healing capabilities. Moving water bodies were considered to be healing grounds and many of us still find being around such water bodies to be calming. With this in mind, moving water can be a great addition to anyone’s meditation routines.
In the ancient past, different civilizations and cultures equated water to a holy substance to be cherished, enjoyed and preserved. For instance, Ancient Egyptians practiced bathing rituals for spiritual purposes and for self-healing. This practice was present among the Ancient Romans and Greeks where water was used as a healing agent.
In the Old Testament, there are scriptures that indicate that people soaked in mineral water for healing purposes. The New Testament, water was used (and still is) for baptism, a very important part of being a Christian even today. On the other hand, in Judaism, Mikvah – a ritual involving one being immersed in natural water to pacify impurity also revolves around water. In Hinduism, Narayan – the all-supreme being is equated to water. All of these references are pointers to how important water has been and still is to human beings with regards to our spiritual wellbeing.
Moving Water And Meditation
In traditional Chinese medicine, water was/is a crucial element for one’s well-being, helping the body attain balance and inner harmony. Water has always had a special place for meditation practitioners throughout the history of meditation. More so water in motion as it is the case in rivers, brooks, and waterfalls.
In Buddhist traditions, water symbolized purity, serenity, and, importantly, clarity of thought. As such, many guided meditations have been developed that take advantage of the healing power of water by using its imagery for a better overall experience.
For instance, still and calm water features that are now commonplace in many backyard gardens are also used as the center of reflective meditation. Calm water is known to reproduce a mirror-like effect. Such as an environment has the potential to increase your capacity to look inwards and explore.
On the other hand, rippling water where water ripples hit one another to merge into bigger ripples and so one helps create a cause and effect image. This motion of water will give you a good basis to meditate on the cause and effect you moods have on your actions and much more.
In the case of gushing water flow imagery, it helps you meditate on the interaction of obstructions and forces trying to overcome the obstacles. There are plenty of imageries that moving water produces, which enables us to meditate in a more meaningful way. You can read more on the water imagery here.
Flowing or moving water has a relaxing and soothing effect due to the inherent meditative state it induces. As such, when you are in the presence of moving water, your mind is already in a relaxed mindful state, even without trying. This essentially means you end up benefiting more from the stress-, anxiety-, depression-, and pain-relief that meditation yields. Moreover, you experience mental clarity, better moods, better sleep, and improve mental clarity.
Using Zen Indoor Water Fountains To Recreate Effects Of Flowing Water
Unfortunately, unless you live right next to a spring, a river, or a brook, the opportunities to enjoy the soothing sounds and the imagery that flowing water yields while we meditate are far and wide. Even so, you should not give up on enjoy highly immersive meditation sessions. There is a way to replicate the sound of flowing water right in your meditation space, at the very least – using Zen indoor water fountains or waterfall.
One of the biggest allures of indoor waterfalls and water fountains is the have the sound of flowing water indoors. While you can use an audio system to try and replicate the natural sound, in the end, it will remain synthetic and, therefore, have a synthetic feel.
On the other hand, the flowing action and the impact of water as it falls from the top of an indoor fountain and splashes on fountain rocks on its way to the bottom portions guarantees that the sound produced is a near perfect replica of the natural sound produced in nature. This gives you a chance to benefit from a natural flow of water, which as discussed above, has immense benefits to our wellbeing.
The Types Of Zen Water Fountain Feature That Works Best For Meditation
Generally, just like there is no one perfect meditation environment, there is not perfect water fountain for meditation purposes. Consider this, for some meditation practitioners, the best meditating space is a meditation studio where everything is specially and intricately designed for the sole purposes of aiding your meditation.
For others, there preferred meditation environment is a private space, like their bedroom, where they can meditate in peace and alone with a sense of being one with their minds. Others still love meditating outside, with their backyards being their preferred environment. By being outside, you connect more with nature. For me, I love mixing thing up, just to ensure that my sessions do not end being “too routine” and thereby just another chore on my to-do list.
The point I’m trying to make is that everyone will have their preferred indoor water fountain for their indoor meditation space.
Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that your fountain does comply with the golden standards of a good meditation space.
For starters, the Zen indoor water fountains should not be a disrupting feature in your meditation space. Meditation is almost always done in a comfortable and peaceful environment. As such, your fountain should not bring about negative energy that is disruptive to your serenity and peace. Disruption can be in the form of visual disruption, where the design if the fountain is somewhat of an eyesore. In such cases, even before you assume your Zen position, you already have negative thoughts that more than likely will impede your meditation process.
Another form of disruption the sound produced by the fountain. While the main purpose of the fountain is to replicate the natural sound of flowing water, each individual has their own level of comfort with regards to how loud the sound is. Fortunately, there are numerous fountains on the market that give you the ability to control the amount of sound it produces. To set up the sound level you simply move stone pieces to different sections, thereby allowing you to intricately control the fountain noise level.
As such, when you have such a zen waterfall indoor features with movable waterfall stones, you can set up your fountain to produce the amount of sound that suits your meditation style. Whether you want to meditate with a gushing waterfall sound in the background or you are in the mood for a meditation session with smooth ripples, it is possible.
The Benefits Of Using Indoor Water Fountains While Meditating
The main benefit of incorporating water fountains into your meditation is the inherent healing, relaxing, and soothing power of flowing water. Using an indoor water fountain is very much like bringing your favorite river into your meditation space; it will make the experience that much better.
You will also experience enhanced meditation focus. Flowing water will drown some of the random and disruptive noises that you hear while meditating at home. This will inherently improve your experience and, more importantly, help you enjoy the maximum benefits of meditating.