It is raining here. All day, dark and dreary, cold and wet. Water, water everywhere. So my challenge today was to find the joy and delight in this day, water and all. Serendipitously, I came across a 1960's travel photo of a child under a waterfall, in the moment, mouth open as if to catch the water like snowflakes. What joy! What a sense of play! It resonated with me immediately and took the day from dreary to delightful.
So what does the waterfall mean? If you dream of a waterfall, it is good mojo...a cleansing and a fresh start. Waterfalls are depicted in many classic paintings from China. In those pieces, the contrast between the mountain and the waterfall, permanence and impermanence, sets up a yin and yang symbolism of contrast and struggle. In Zen Buddhism, a similar conflict exists in waterfall imagery - static rock vs dynamic water.
Waterfalls are continuous change over a stable, unchanging mountain. Perhaps this is symbolic of our lives...the components of life change every second, fluid, unpredictible and yet the overall form (like a waterfall) has a basic shape and continuity. But perhaps what attracts me to the child in this image is the ability to enjoy the waterfall just as it is, without really understanding (or even asking) what it might mean. Innocence at its best.
So, dear reader, after you patiently followed everything I just wrote, my instructions to you are to go forth! Enjoy the rain! We don't really need to understand it to appreciate its wonder.
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