Wendell Berry wrote that “there is a great restfulness in the sounds small rivers make.” When we mindfully stand and listen and perhaps close our eyes, we hear the restful sounds more clearly. We discover being rooted to a particular place, at least for the moment.
Those small rivers invite us to jump in and paddle as a child might. What the child adds to those sounds and waves are sounds of pleasure. There is no enjoyment while standing on shore, unless we close our eyes and listen closely. Besides the child, we might hear nature speak to us as it hums gently and touches us unexpectedly.
Jeanne Lohmann counsels us to be less serious and not to look for problems to fix as we move through life. The river serves as a wonderful metaphor and life calls to us to be present in each moment and to be fully present.
is whatever comes along,
practice always here while we
keep on shore, all the time
saying we want to get wet.
But the river has ways
of sound and light, ripples
and waves that tell us:
don’t be so serious, rumble in
where nothing is finished or broken
and nothing asks to be fixed.
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This post instills a very tranquil feeling and the river is close by me, it has a profound impact each visit.
We enjoy hiking in the river valley. Depending on where we are in relation to the river, it sounds, looks, and feels different.
That is such a statement of truth. Every experience is different and each holds magic.
When we walk to just be in a moment and enjoy it, magic is visible.
I absolutely agree. 🙂
Rivers always speak to me no matter if they are small or mighty. I always pretend I am floating along on them. It’s a great way to relax.
Each has a different voice that reaches out to us.
So great… Thanks Ivon
You are welcome David.
I love that! I might print it out. Thanks, Ivon!
You are welcome Catherine.