Above the surface, the spirit surfs the waves of the ever-changing oceanscape
Down below the soul surfs formlessly, as water blending with water
Meditation and the Mind of Water
Just as the surfer sits on their board and waits for waves, the meditator sits and immerses in silence and energy. Contrary to popular notions of achieving “stillness” during meditation, by fully immersing oneself in the energetic field and then riding the subtle waves of bio-cosmic life energy, a unity is achieved between the “self” and the “world”.
Water is a perfect vehicle for meditation because of its flowing nature, its continual nurturance of all life forms and its deep presence in every aspect of our living world. In a nutshell, it is the source of life on our planet Earth. So, wherever you are right now you can find a way to meditate with water. If it is convenient, you can go to a beautiful place that has water, a stream, a lake, waterfall, or ocean. And if not, you can pour yourself a glass or bowl of water and place it in front of you.
Find a place that is comfortable to sit and feel the connection to the ground and then just open your full attention to the essence of water. Let yourself deepen into the experience and feel the connection between the water source and your inner body of water, your fluids, the pumping blood, the cranial fluid, and everything that is liquid inside your body. Allow the inner pulsation and rhythms of your own body of water and the water in the environment or the glass of water to find a natural communication of subtle waves, pulsations, and tides. The observed water and your inner water are intimately connected to all water on the planet. This awareness and realization will happen naturally, if you open to the essence of water and ride its waves and pulsations. This is “Water Meditation”. Let it take you on a ride to your deeper self!
“There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.” Nisargadatta Maharaj
Last Sunday we had the formal opening for the Gilbert White Flood Marker Memorial, a project that I helped design and build. Gilbert White was a professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who died in 2006. His daughter Mary, a glass sculptor, and many of his former students and community members, organized an educational project to erect a flood marker near Boulder Creek that would show the statistical flood levels and teach people about the imminent nature of flooding along Boulder Creek. Because of his long term interest in flooding, Gilbert was known as the “Father of Floodplain Management”. He recognized that flexible human adaptation to flood hazards, such as removing structures from floodways and opening up floodplains, was a more effective approach than rigid structural solutions, such as dams and levees. His famous quote, “floods are ‘acts of God’, but flood losses are largely acts of man” speaks to this approach of flood mitigation.
Gilbert was an environmentalist and humanitarian who believed that people should live in harmony with their environment and help improve human welfare though effective social policies. His career included not only addressing floods and natural hazards, but also water quality and global resource management issues. Gilbert was highly regarded by all that met him, not only for his extraordinary work, but also his kindness and respect for each individual he met.
In my view, Gilbert was a gentleman who fully embodied the path which I call “the way of water”. Here is another Gilbert quote from a 1951 interview with Edward R. Murrow, “It means, I believe, putting ourselves in harmony with the divine order of love, with the great stream of forces that slowly are shaping, in spite of man’s ignorance and selfishness, an enrichmnet of the human spirit”. So, I am honored to haved helped with this educational and beautiful community project!
If you are wondering what to do today to help the planet and yourself in a small and easy way, why not thank a cloud! Yes, simply look up to the sky and if there are any clouds present, pick your favorite one and thank it. You can use what ever words you prefer, from a simple “Thank you!” to something more elaborate like, “Thank you water vapor for providing moisture and nourishment for all our plants and animals”.
Water is very responsive to being thanked and blessed, as proven by our water friend, Masuro Emoto, through his experiments which contrast the water crystal symmetry between water that is healthy and loved and water that is polluted and un-loved.
So let’s all make a point of loving and blessing water in all aspects of our daily lives. It really works. And by honoring and blessing all water, we are also receiving the energetic benefits as well since we are at least seventy percent water!
Welcome to my new blog site for thewayofwater.org!
This will be a place for all of us to learn more about water, to honor our connection with water, and to connect with other water-lovers around the world.
Water is the circulatory system for the planet, nourishing and sustaining life continually for billions of years. “The Way of Water” is a path, perhaps even akin to a spiritual path as was described so beautifully by Lao Tzu, “Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it confronts the firm and strong, none can withstand it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful.” Or his reference to water as the way of the Tao, “The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying. It flows in lowly places where others reject and so is like the Tao.”
I look forward to helping both water and people connect in a deeper, more meaningful way, and to point the way toward a more joyful, gentle and sustainable way of living for our planet.