A therapist friend once described the idea of reverie as a tool for healing. That allowing oneself to fall into a state of dreamy meditation and daydreaming, free of anxious thinking, has a powerfully restful effect. That is the state I found myself in after I stumbled on this tiny video of a whale lazily gliding on its back through the ocean…

I watched it over and over, as though in a dream, calmed by what seemed like pure rapture…

I loaded up my instagram feed with others of whale and undersea life like @thelifeofwhales, @whalesnation, @dolphindronedom. Since the sound was rarely of good quality, or included irritating music, I turned the volume off at the top of the browser page. Then it was all movement in a floating world…

Here a pod of Sperm Whales adopt an outcast baby dolphin born with scoliosis, protecting the slow-swimming dolphin from predators. Whales seem to revel in a kind of affectionate play…

Then I remembered the strange, exquisite whale music I used to listen to to help me sleep. It too has a slow, dreamy, ancient quality…

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