Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Water Philisophy

There is something incredibly calming about water. A river, lake or ocean always calms me down, makes me reflect and feel at ease. Some say it’s the sound, but I think it’s the silence. I spent yesterday eve at the beach. Not the type of beach where you go to take a tan, but the one where you spend your time walking on the shore, looking the vast ocean, and dreaming.

Its more than anything when an ocean is calm that I enjoy being there the most. I look at the vast and beautiful mass of water in front of me and its stillness and its hidden secrets seems to erase any worries, day-to-day struggles or thoughts I am holding. It’s as if it invites me to think about the future or the far past, about how everything is interconnected and always turns out fine, instead of limiting myself to merely the present state of things.

I imagine if it were a person it would speak to me and say something like: ...So many have poured their heart out in front of me in despair and pain, and each problem I've seen fade away with time... so just let them go.

People in general seem to connect to water, so I guess I am not alone in this. It touches our heart, our inner self. It's a place where we go to for meditation and for reflection.

I wonder why? Is it our resemblance?
Our soul, or inner self, is much like an ocean I guess. We are beings of flesh and blood, restrained by laws of physics, but what's inside, hidden within ourselves, is a mystery. We lack the means to express it. There is art, music, poetry, stories…but still who can really fully express their inner self? Even if we would truly want to? We are an ocean of emotions, thoughts, memories, desires… we might experience in seconds thousands of things at the same time. And what we communicate with the outer world are just bits and pieces of that inner reality.

It’s strange when you think about it. We have been created with such a handicap. We simply lack the ability to communicate our self. I am not just talking about our thoughts or feelings, but truly our self, the full package. Maybe that is what is really meant with the story of the Tower of Babylon. We are endlessly involved in miscommunication, misinterpretations and misunderstandings.

6 comments:

The Pastoral Princess said...

Your post today has given me good food for thought! You have thrown out some wonderful theories this morning!

Disciple said...

Beautiful post ... beautifully expressed ... You know (one thought that comes to me while reflecting on your post) God knows all that ocean within us without our needing to communicate it to Him ...

Safa said...

I feel the same. I live beside many lakes, and it's where I go to find comfort and ease.....my calmest moments and deepest thoughts are found beside the water.......

Thank you for this post.

UmmAbdur-Rahmaan said...

How philosophical of you. I liked this post. I wish there was water close to me. I think the closest form of water is the dead sea and umm yeah its dead....But I am sure where you are the waters and the land are beautiful. I always wanted to visit there....

new#3 said...

Wonderful post! I too get solice, comfort and peace from the ocean. I long for it now that I don't have it and wonder if the absence of it has changed my mood.

3rd... said...

@princess and safa - i'm glad i could return the favour.. ;)