Flowing with Curiosity

06:09 Flowing Stream
“I would love to live like a river flows,
carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

~ John O’Donohue


Perhaps it is because I am a Scorpio, but you’ll notice that the large majority of the nature photos I select for these journals are of water. Whether it’s rivers, oceans, clouds, rain or lakes, the healing presence of water is profound beyond description.

Just last summer while vacationing at Spofford Lake in New Hampshire, I remember being blessed to spend precious time on the lakefront cottage porch early each morning — in childlike curiosity — awaiting the sun’s rise upon the lake. Here’s a poem I captured one of those mornings as I was reveling in the lake’s extraordinary beauty and the healing gifts it was generously offering each day to our family:

LAKE FLOW

by Gavin James Frye


Blessed children,

outer ones and inner ones,

pulsing, vibrant navigators

of innocence and enthusiasm.

May my child-like eyes be open and moist,

touched by the lake of the heart.


There is a quiet, an inner sanctuary,

that smiles with softness as a greeting.

“Good morning,” it says, “Your life

is always brand new in some way.

Bring yourself into an air of embrace,

so that all of your experience is

held affectionately — and blessed by love.”


The morning mist is moist

and surrounds the island now,

softening my eyes and my belly.

My breath says, “I am here,

as full as you like, to breath you into life.”


So many fishing poles,

so many hooks and lures.

Curiosity leads us again and again

underneath the fluid water.

Permssion has been granted

to travel between worlds.


The ground is still moist

after last night’s storm.

A reminder of the ever-fertile earth,

gently reminding me

to know it, to tend to it,

to grow it’s mysterious secrets.


Our ancestors have walked this ground,

breathed this air, felt this mist.

I am breathing them now,

remembering their lives

and feeding upon their well-lived legacy.


The wind rises across the lake

Bringing change, and direction,

and a new presence.

Dapples of morning light

and two ducks rowing

a “V” towards shore.

More visitors, always

more visitors, upon our shores.


There is a peace that

falls into my heart.

A gift from the lake.

It’s countenance meeting mine,

blending, always blending.


This lake, it’s water and

gentle mystery and countless gifts,

has blessed this family

for so many years now.

Perhaps, I now realize,

we have also been, all along,

blessing it in return.

With our pleasure, our care,

our families — and our

honoring and thankful presence.

As we all know, our physical bodies — and this dear planet called Earth — is made up primarily of water. It is a sacred gift that also embodies such profound lessons for how to live our lives more fluidly each day:


“Contemplate the workings of this world, listen to the words of the wise,

and take all that is good as your own. With this as your base, open your

own door to truth. Do not overlook the truth that is right before you.

Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely

between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people.

Everything — even mountains, rivers, plants and

trees — can be your teacher.”


~ Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

Lastly, a further testament to the mysterious blessings of water in nature:


“Wild rivers and lakes are places of beauty and mystery,

arteries of life and life energy.

To be on a wilderness river, to hear the piercing call

of an osprey through the early morning fog, or to see

a great blue heron take off, to paddle through rapids

and then through quiet water, to submerge one’s psyche

in the river world, is to experience a new dimension in life.

To really get to know a truly wild place, in my case a wild river,

is to enlarge one’s concept of what life has to offer.

Letting a wild river into my heart has allowed me

to see life with a greater sense of gratitude.”

~ Roderick MacIver

Blessings to your divine curiosity — and the adventurous flow of your life journey,

Gavin

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