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H2O – Water picture and Five Elements

Water

Water can mean going with the flow or being wishy washy if you are looking at it from the Chinese Five Element Theory point of view.  I would say that this water is going with the flow and in the past it has probably dragged some of the rocks (representing earth, another element) along with it.  I am a water person when you analyze me using the Chinese method.  I have always thought of myself that way even before I knew anything about the Chinese Five Elements. The other elements are fire, earth, metal and wood

I think it is noteworthy that I have two other posts related to water. Water as Metaphor and another photo challenge, Home is...

This picture was taken on a trip to Japan in the summer of 2010 in the Kiso prefecture between Tsumago and Magome along the Nakasendo Road.  The sound of the water rushing was amazing.

Check out the other photos in the MauiShopGirl photo challenge this week.

Water as Metaphor

Calm Waters in Surrey Maine

 

I feel inspired to write a bit about water. I might even say compelled. It was on my blog list in a vague way, but circumstances kept bringing the theme to the top. I seem attracted to water metaphors in picking quotes to inspire me in my blog.

My second blog post, Bad at Meditation, referred to thoughts that interrupt meditation as  jetsam on the river. In preparing the most recent photo challenge blog, Home is…, I realized that I think of water as home or at least a large part of home. When I refer to water I tend to refer to it in a natural form – ocean, river, pond. When I practice qigong the movements frequently flow like I am in the water or I am water.

Recently, I read an article that talked about being like water. It suggested being like water to adapt to our environment just as water takes the shape of the vessel it is in. I like the “be like water” idea but I’m not as attracted to the idea of taking the shape of the vessel. I do understand the meaning but it doesn’t resonate with me.

I prefer this quote from a Sheng Zhen booklet Messages of Love. The poem is entitled Stilling the Mind. My favorite part is

Do not keep agitating

The waters of your mind.

Do not hold what you do

Dropping it over and over

Into the clear waters of your mind

Endlessly making ripples

 

Let go of what you do

Let it go like a pebble dropping, sinking

To the bottom of the lake.

If you do not chase it

If you do not plunge in after it

The ripples of it’s passing

Will once again return to stillness.

 

This is the kind of metaphor that works for me.  “The ripples of it’s passing/Will once again return to stillness”  is so clear to me.  Different metaphors resonate with different people.  Tell me the ones that resonate with you.

LINKS:

Stilling the Mind (complete poem)

The article that refers to water taking the shape of the vessel, Increasing Happiness with Tai Chi and Qigong, by Jeff Simonton,  is from Yang Sheng Magazine, a big favorite of mine.  Sometimes it is very technical but frequently just plain practical.

H2O Water and Five Elements post 2/2/13

 

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Home is…

Water

Home is where the water is.  This week’s photo challenge from Maui Shop Girl is “Home is where the ____ is.”  It was more thought provoking than I expected.  My cat, my husband and the other obvious stuff came to mind.  But it seemed like home was something else.

I have always lived near the water, salty or brackish.  For a while I lived in the water on a boat.  Mucking in the sand at the waters edge, body surfing, canoeing or sailing have always been what I would rather be doing.  Living a block from the ocean now affords me daily contact with the ocean.  I love it! It’s home.