Being so steeped and immersed in a connection with water my whole life, especially the ocean, I'm always seeking ways to deepen that conversation and understanding of our relationship with water. Yet although I have this intimate connection with the ocean, there's still so much mystery, and I realised how little I actually know about water in all its forms. So I wanted to break out of what we know and delve deeper. Scientific disciplines and society tend to silo everything into separate parts and even reduce something as complex and beautiful as the water cycle into a flat graph. So, I wanted to research and write this book to go deeper into that and also to deepen my own knowledge of our changing human relationship with water and how we might restore our connection with it.
The other drive is the fact I've been immersed in this field of research into public health for well over a decade now, and although there's incredibly fascinating work coming out on the benefits of our connection with blue spaces and the psychologically restorative aspects of water, it often ignores the ancient wisdom and knowledge people have about the power of water as medicine. I’m a huge promotor of nature connection and the benefits of blue health, but a lot of the research done in the western world is looking at what water can do for us, rather than what we can do for water. So, I wanted to look at water as its own entity, its own life force, rather than just turning it into another commodity for our consumption, enjoyment, recreation and health kicks.
And further I wanted to deepen conversations with some amazing people who are working with water in so many different ways. The book also has a lot of those stories about restoring our relationship with water, and then outlining what that actually looks like so we can put it into practice in everyday life, wherever we are. At the end of each chapter there are embodied practices, or invitations, as ways to deepen that connection with water, both individually, but also collectively.