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10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

Paradise is a place where a person feels at peace with himself and his/her surroundings. It can be a distinct place for everyone—an exact location where they find peace, happiness, and serenity. For divers, these 10 paradise-like destinations are spots to reach a state of tranquility, bliss, and calm. If you are a diver out there, get ready! These destinations will leave you as breathless as they have left me!

1. Blue Heron Bridge in Florida
Blue Heron Bridge from Palm Beach County Florida in Singer Island. HDR image process in Photomatix Pro.

    Blue Heron Bridge is located in Riviera Beach, Florida. A notable idea of the “Blue Heron Bridge” is the fact that it’s one of the country’s top-rated beach dive sites.

    Furthermore, the marine life is extraordinary; its universal appeal puts it into Florida’s category of all-time “top favorite destinations.”

    Technically speaking, people fly in from all over the world, to simply take a look at this wonderful phenomenon known as the Blue Heron Bridge. However, scuba divers, this is true especially for you, if you love a beautiful view!

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    The best travel months are April to May & Mid-October to Mid-November.

    2. Gili Trawangan in Indonesia

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      Gili Trawangan, Lombok by Bart Speelman via Flickr

      Gili Trawangan may sound like a funny name, but trust me, there is nothing funny about it. It is a remote island destination, ensuring that you get your well-deserved peace and quiet. The scenery is beautiful and so is the ambiance. I tell you, you will be very pleased with this destination and its serenity. Please do visit this one. It will transport you to a place of peace that you could never have imagined before.

      3. Byron Bay in Australia
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        Byron Bay is located in the far north-eastern corner of the state of New South Wales, Australia. Byron Bay is located approximately 480 miles from Sydney and 103 miles of Brisbane.

        The best travel months are during December, January, February as the winters are not cold, but the summers are exceptionally hot. This one is another one of my favorites as it depicts something different. It isn’t like the other ones. There is something quite special and unique about this one.

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        4. Nakwakto Rapids in British Columbia
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          Nakwakto Rapids is a perfect place for scuba diving! According to a tour website, “the Nakwakto Rapids have been recognized as the fastest tidal surge in the world, and can run up to 17 knots during peak tidal changes.” If “paradise” includes adventures for you, this is the place to go!

          5. Point Lobos in California
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            Point Lobos includes two marine protected areas: Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area. It is a well-reknowned scuba diving destination as well.

            The best travel months are the summer: June, July, and August, as California’s weather is stable throughout the summer (and for most of the year as well).

            6. Isla Mujeres in Mexico
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              Isla Mujeres is in Mexico and is an island in the Caribbean Sea, which is Paradise itself. The island is 7 km wide; to the east is the Caribbean sea with a rocky coast and to the west is the skyline of Cancun. It is located extremely close to one of several coral reefs.

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              This one is another of my favorites. What time is best to visit this destination? Mexico remains hot, so Fall months are best. These include September, October, and November.

              7. Darwin’s Arch in Ecuador
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                Darwin’s Arch is located in the heart of Ecuador. It is named after Charles Darwin; the best part is that it lies in the Pacific Ocean where a variety of marine life exists.

                The weather of Ecuador is quite mild. However, the summers and coastal places can be relatively humid. Opting to go in the fall or spring is a better option.

                8. Bonaire
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                  Bonaire is as beautiful as it sounds, if not even more. Bonaire is located in the Caribbean Sea, and might I say that this is one of my absolute favorites from the list here.

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                  Bonaire’s economy is based off of tourism. It has a lot of warm climate which makes its livelihood off the summer months. Bonaire is an island that caters to thousands of scuba divers from across the world. Bonaire’s Marine Park offers visitors a chance to visit 86 dive spots. It’s home to over 57 coral species and over 350 recorded fish species!

                  9. Barracuda Point
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                    Barracuda Point is the most spectacular decision spot to dive. I mean just look at the picture above. Don’t you just want to go there after taking a close look at it?

                    To enjoy the full experience here at Barracuda Point, it is recommended that divers have already previously had 50 dives before going to this one. The maximum depth at Barracuda Point is 30 meters deep.

                    10. Jellyfish Lake in Palau
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                      Jellyfish Lake is as interesting as it looks and sounds. It is located in Palau and is a wonder to behold and that, my friends, is an understatement.

                      Palau has a tropical climate, but when rainfall ensues, then watch out. March, April, and May are wonderful months to visit this exotic destination.

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                      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                      As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                      1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                      I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                      Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                      Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                      2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                      The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                      It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                      Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                      In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                      You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                      This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                      The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                      Less Physical, More Psychological

                      Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                      This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                      The First Benefit of Meditation

                      The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                      1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                      2. Relaxation of the body

                      Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                      Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                      That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                      When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                      When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                      Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                      Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                      This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                      Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                      Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                      This benefit takes you to the second one.

                      The Second Benefit of Meditation

                      While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                      1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                      2. Observance
                      3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                      4. Patience

                      Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                      You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                      This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                      1. Energy

                      Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                      2. Observance

                      The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                      3. Peacefulness

                      Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                      4. Patience

                      The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                      The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                      Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                      Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                      The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                      • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                      • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                      • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                      • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                      • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                      • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                      These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                      Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                      Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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