In Stillness

As I look out at the horizon, I see waves that were once familiar replaced by new ones. As much as I might want to find the old waves again, I can’t recover something taken by the tide. And yet, I saw something interesting the other day when I read that ‘water has a perfect memory’.

I’ve also read that more than half of the human body is made up of water, and this is fascinating. Every day somewhere there is a new discussion about whether our lives are held by our own hands, or in a destiny somewhere beyond our control, but perhaps it’s like water and the human body.

No matter what I might call water, my body knows that it needs water to live, to refresh itself, and to nourish other life. In turn, whether I view water as a resource given to me by the universe or as a gift from God, the simple and daily physical act of refilling my body with water is itself the purest form of honoring the life-force.

In this same sense, whether the world looks like a broken conglomerate of water and land, or whether it looks like a perfect sphere in the midst of a dark galaxy, the world is still just being, and sometimes being is just enough. I can’t change how the tide treats me, but I can flow with the tide, and this is where the magic lies.

It’s only when I let go that I find myself let in by the world which I struggle so much to understand. When I just walk into the water, my life reconnects with the originality of everything, and it is a brilliant waterfall through time and space. Everything is there.

Author: J.T.

I'm a writer, editor, and photographer with a passion for community development in Los Angeles. While my editing work covers a range of different subjects, my writing focuses primarily on social welfare in the city, including education at L.A.'s public middle and high schools, public transportation planning and efficacy, housing and small business policy, as well as voting turnout for local elections and policy. My photography is similarly city-based, focusing mostly on what makes Los Angeles home to so many working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and throughout the world. Enjoy.

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