I’ve been away this summer, spending a lot of time by the water. No surprise, right, with these balmy temperatures. Water has a natural calming effect on the body. Maybe it’s the sound it makes. Or the fact that the human body is made up of mostly water, and so we connect with it as a life-giving source. It’s almost impossible not to feel a little zen watching the waves roll in and out in rhythmic harmony. Even swimming feels like a meditative act, especially when you surrender to the water and allow yourself to float along on the surface.
If you’ve ever had a chance to visit a natural spring, you’ll find the added benefit of soaking up the extra minerals in its depths. The water is cold, but takes on a mysterious and beautiful bluish-green hue. The plants beneath its surface are bursting with life and flow along with the current.
But why talk about this? Because I think water is one of the perfect spots to meditate. While out for a jog, I often stop at the creek near my house to meditate. I feel a strong sense of connection there.
Water isn’t the only place where you can feel the healing energy of the earth. The desert is another favorite of mine. My husband and I have taken 3 trips to the Southwest and something keeps drawing us back. Could it be the vibrant color contrasts between the red rock, the blue sky, and the green plants? Or could it be the twisted trees swirling with energy? Or just the vast amount of empty space that clears the mind and gives it a rest.
I urge you to find your own power source. That place that makes you feel all chilled out and totally at peace. A place where you can reconnect with the earth, with your life path, and especially yourself. You might not even need to travel very far to find it. Maybe it’s that weeping willow tree in your backyard, whose branches softly sway in the breeze. Maybe it’s an outdoor garden, your favorite rosebush, or even a statue carved by an artist out of stone. Stones have existed even longer than trees and will outlive all of us.
Go there, find your stillness, watch your breath, melt into the empty space that surrounds and connects all of us. Plug into your natural power source, and let it all go…