"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. Unlike a drop of water, which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self." R. Ambedkar
Ocean – is life itself, it covers 70% of our planet. It’s not constricted to the physical linear aspect of time. It’s a space beyond our physical one (you can see it, feel it, but you can’t hold it). It’s light – it reflects the surroundings. It’s fluid and energy – CONSCIOUSNESS – is everywhere.
And So are we - the Ocean – we are born inside of the womb filled with water, our human body is 60% of water; the brain is composed of 70% of water, our lungs are nearly 90% of water, muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight; body fat -10% water; bone 22% water; about 83% of our blood is water, – and because we were born in the water it gives us a sense of comfort, belonging, peace and also an inspiration in so many forms … A desire to know it, understand it and go deeper to that vastness space of mystery. Or maybe it is an inner impulse/drive to know ourselves deeper, to find that connection with the world that reflects our own? Or maybe it’s just an element of God’s Grace?
Anyway It’s powerful, magnificent, beautiful so is the Free diving is the art of diving underwater in one breath. One dives by taking in a deep breath, holding, diving and only taking a new breath as one resurfaces. It is an ancient technique of diving underwater.
"It can be a daunting thought, that you are diving at Scuba depth with only your lungs and one breath, but you will be surprised by what a human body can achieve, especially when one is calm in mind and body."
One of Jacques Mayol training was PRANAYAMA – a breathing technique that helps to work on disobeying mind, helps to calm the mind and relax the body there are other benefits as well. Pranayama is a system of techniques used to harness and manipulate universal energy known as prana.
My first visual introduction of the real beauty of inner Ocean came from an amazing free diver Jacques Mayol, he became the first human to reach a depth of 100 meters in 1976 - his unique way of seeing and understanding the Ocean pushed himself beyond the boundaries of ‘misconceptions’ and ‘fear’ of the unknown.
The Big Blue – movie as a tribute to Mayol, last scene/that's what i call MEDITATION - THERE IS NO YOU IN THE DEEP PLACE OF UNKNOWN.
Here are some of the basic techniques used for Freediving but also for everyday life.
- Full Yogic Breathing
- Kumbhaka - basic breathing
- Kapalabhati – easy and beneficial breathing
Another world free diver Guillaume Nery – 126 meters – 413 feet on one breathe.