The water in our bird baths has been everywhere —
the snows of the Himalayas, the Nile Delta, Glacier Lake,
the deepest trenches of the Pacific Ocean, the Amazon
Rain Forests, even the flood that old Noah barely escaped.
Water is the most versatile world traveler, and since we are
essentially water beings, we have all been everywhere too.
Even though we might momentarily appear as solid and
separate beings, all of our molecules are connected.
If we truly understood what we are made of, we might
put an end to all of our conflicts right now and happily
splash around without some grudge or score to settle.
Just so, upon hearing a songbird trilling, we can be amazed
all over again that water can do such a wonderful thing —
it can turn itself into a tree, a bear, a mother hen, a cloud,
and even the one who is reading these words right now!
To all water readers, I salute you! Water sends salutations
of gladness and recognition to itself in the watery forms
of you and I and all of our trillion oceanic friends.
Likewise, perhaps we can better understand what
they mean when they say, “Go with the flow!”
After all, stagnant water can become pretty odorous.
On the other hand, still pools may hold many secrets in
their depths, so we need to learn to live with contradictions.
Even when the river pours itself into the sea, water is not
done. It really has no end. It simply recycles itself perpetually,
in harmony with the respiration of infinity, as do we.
When we miraculously appear in this world, water has not
increased itself; when we pass on, water is not diminished.
There is a vast and luminous space of pure awareness
within which all water is eternally transforming
as the liquid play of consciousness itself.
The next time you’re out for a swim in the ocean, river,
lake, or neighborhood pool, turn over on your back
for a moment, look up, and imagine that!