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For thousands of years, feng-shui practitioners have used the sound of running water to dissolve negative energy. Modern psychologists describe the constant gurgling [of desktop waterfalls] as "white noise" that drowns out distractions. On the basis of such notions, the same companies that ushered in aromatherapy are now cranking out Zen-inspired relaxation tools, dubbed "calming pools" and "serenity ponds." Over the past two years consumers have bought into the idea that burbling rock gardens are effective stress relievers. Americans purchased more than five million of this little rock fountains since 1999, and sales are expected to climb higher.


SOURCE: Julie Rawe, "Miniature fountains," Time, October 23, 2000, 20.


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