Water Meditation

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DirtMan and I canoed this past weekend. We rowed eight miles starting in our own neighborhood. We traversed the city by connecting channels of water.

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With eight miles of rowing and taking in nature all around us, it was a bit of a Zen session.  Many life lessons can be compared to elements of nature.

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From this viewpoint my daily surroundings appeared smaller while the creeks seemed larger and at times swifter.  Ever feel like your life in general is quite small in comparison to the size of a current predicament?

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From the bank one doesn’t experience the varying shallowness and deepness of the water. A few times we found ourselves (purposely as we were observing egrets) at the bank’s edge. We pushed our oars against the bank to flow back into the current of the deeper water. We often find leverage in friends or family during life’s difficulties.

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There were times we delved into darkness (beneath bridges) in order to emerge to the other side. For a short period of time, the roar of cars overhead pounded our heads while our visibility was dimmed. We came through to the other side with all intact. We might feel similar when faced with life challenges. We learn to be resourceful, prioritize, and most importantly we learn to persevere.

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19 thoughts on “Water Meditation

  1. Suzi, once again, your analogies to nature and life are so SPOT ON!

    “We came through to the other side with all intact. We might feel similar when faced with life challenges. We learn to be resourceful, prioritize, and most importantly we learn to persevere.”

    You said it, my friend! Most importantly….we learn to persevere.

    Love these photos too. That first one of the view from the boat is simply AWESOME!

    X

  2. Looks like a relaxing trip. Question … When canoeing with your husband in these situations, do you catch yourself whispering to each other without really thinking about it? Is it a silent trip where both of you are lost in thought? Or, maybe you talk about everything you see?

    • There are moments we are lost in thought and times we talk…we only whisper if we’re trying to watch wildlife. And yes, we do talk about what we see and point things out to one another.

  3. These are so beautiful, especially to this land-locked reader! You’re so lucky to be surrounded by such beauty — not that Illinois doesn’t have its own share of beauty, but I love the idea of water. And I love your lesson to be resourceful, prioritize, and persevere!

    • We do have lots of lovely places right here in the city to lose ourselves in beauty. And we’re only a few miles from the beach and a few hours from the mountains. I love Virginia! 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos and I loved your parallels to life. How appropriate. I love to lose myself in nature- whether hiking or canoeing. The magnificence of our surroundings puts our problems in perspective. My favorite place to do this form of meditation is at the beach. The sounds of the waves and the seagulls can soothe any worries away.

    • It does put life in perspective. Beach meditation is fabulous. I live only a few miles from the beach but I really don’t go all that often. However, I’ll be taking vacation soon and will be heading out of state to another beach…so looking forward to some seashore time!

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