There is wisdom in the masses… so we can usually learn useful information when we observe what people do…. such as…
go to the beach. This is the Ecuador beach viewed from Palmazul spa.
The book, “The Wisdom of Crowds, Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies and Societies and Nations” by James Surowiecki tells how potent the wisdom of a group can be.
The book begins by telling how at the annual West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition in the fall of 1906, a British scientist became interested in a weight judging competition. 800 people, smart, dumb, old, young in all types of professions guessed the weight of two dressed oxen. The correct answer was 1,197 pounds. The scientist’s research found that the collective estimate was incredibly close, 1,198 pounds.
The book suggests that there is an uncanny and generally unconscious collective intelligence at work. The book shows how clouds of birds seem to move in one mind but actually are each acting on their own following four simple rules: #1) Stay as close to the center as possible, #2) Stay two body lengths away from your neighbor, #3) Do not bump into another bird and #4): If a predator dives at you, get out of the way.
The book suggests that rather than crowds being mindless mobs that the many are weirdly smart and effective even when many of the group are average or below in intelligence or experience.
A key point that the article makes is that there is incredible effectiveness in a diversity of individual intelligences and this is why we are sharing ideas about trends at this site. There are thousands of us reading these messages so perhaps our problem solving ability grows to the 4000th power.
So why do people go to the beach?
I know I love playing in the warm Pacific waters on Ecuador’s beach.
Jean Marie Butterlin who conducts the Ecuador tours advertised at this site helps explain health benefits from walking on Ecuador’s beaches. Any beach will do if we can keep them clean. Here is Jean Marie’s article from our Ecuadorliving.com website.
Ecuador Beaches, Health and Anti-Aging
By Jean Marie Butterlin
One of the healthy habits you acquire very quickly, when you live on the Ecuadorian coast is to walk for about 30 to 60 minutes everyday on the beach in the splash zone, where you just get your ankles wet.
This has 3 main health benefits :
Beach Health Benefit #1: You breathe in a lot of negative ions that are produced by the waves crashing on the sand. without adequate negative ions, we are literally working ourselves to death and we don’t even realize it.
Here is an excerpt of an article on negative ions and all the benefits.
“The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods,” says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.
Vitamins of the Air?
Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.
“They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation.”
And for a whopping one in three of us who are sensitive to their effects, negative ions can make us feel like we are walking on air. You are one of them if you feel instantly refreshed the moment you open a window and breathe in fresh, humid air.
“You may be one of them if you feel sleepy when you are around an air-conditioner, but feel immediately refreshed and invigorated when you step outside or roll down the car window,” Howard tells WebMD
Beach Health Benefit #2: Fitness. You are getting a good half hour to an hour’s exercise, that help you keep your body in shape, helps lose weight and feel fit. You gain greater benefit from enjoyable exercise. Aside from the great view of the ocean, there are many other benefits of walking on the beach. Walking in sand requires a bigger effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder.
Walking at a slower pace requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging. Walking in sand requires 2 to 3 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces. Jogging in sand uses about one and a half times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces.
Beach Health Benefit #3: Purification. By walking barefoot on the sand, you are releasing through your feet a lot of toxins.
Another positive effect of bare foot walking, which most of the people are unaware of, is that it helps the leg muscles pump blood back to the heart. This makes it beneficial for those who are suffering from the problem of varicose veins.
In traditional exercises, like yoga, tai-chi and other martial arts, it is believed that being barefoot helps a person absorb Chi, the life-force energy. As you walk with your feet bare, you increase your vitality. At the same time, it helps you think clearly and increases your capacity to work.
Walking barefoot acts as a reflexology massage. The plantar surface of our feet is sensor rich and walking barefoot will stimulate all reflexology points and their associated organs throughout the body.
To walk everyday on the beach requires some discipline but it is well worth the effort and the joy; each time I come down to San Clemente and Bahia with delegates on tours, I enjoy walking for a couple of miles up the beach towards Chirique; I usually do that at 6:00 a.m. and I am the only soul except some fishermen who are hauling their nets back to shore; I have to admit that I walk in a semi-meditative state, when the sun starts rising. You can make it a walking meditation out of it, with the awareness of your direct contact with Mother Earth.
Where in the world can you afford to enjoy the health benefits of walking on a beach every day ?
Living on the beach can be costly but not in Ecuador, where you can still find small 10mx20m lots on the beach in Crucita from $8.000 and up.
or 1,500 sq.ft condos for $65,.000 to $75.000 right on the beach also.
Here are some of our delegates walking on the beach in San Clemente during our July Mid-coast real estate tour ; they got to enjoy spending time on the beach every morning and evening to get all the healthy benefits.
As of August 1st, International Morya Internet run by Jean Marie Butterlin (whom we have been working with for some years) has acquired our Ecuador tour business.
Delegates at our Cotacachi Super Thinking plus Spanish Course.
Jean Marie has added new tours and expanded the length of others, so see the new schedule below.
Jean Marie Butterlin, was born in France and after graduating in 1977 from the engineering college ICAM in Lille (France) moved to United States where he developed a homeopathic and dietary supplement business in Houston TX, with an aim at exporting the US made products into Europe, with emphasis towards Belgium and France.
Jean Marie Butterlin.
After living part time on both sides of the Atlantic he moved back in 2002 to Europe where he has a prosperous business in the natural health field i.e. phytotherapy, mineral supplements, specialty cosmetics, as well as Quantum medical technology, internet publishing for the anti-aging market.
This quest for anti-aging remedies, products and techniques has lead him to discover Ecuador with its valleys of longevity, where he is researching and developing new approaches to live longer and better and bringing the new products and techniques to more and more people in the United States and Europe.
Jean Marie moved with his family to Cotacachi last year.
International club members will still attend all 2010 tours free.
Delegates at a shamanic minga tour.
See the updated Ecuador tour schedule below.
Delegates on a Coastal real estate tour.
Delegates on an Imbabura real estate tour.
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