Water Falling and Bringing Peace

Normally I find waterfalls terribly happy places. I love their music. They change the air and that changes us.

But when I saw this beautiful photo of these falls and the cairn built in front of it, now when we grapple with homophobia, hate, gun violence, and from what we’re beginning to hear, we must perhaps also think self-loathing… it seemed such a strong symbol for Peace.

In this picture the music I hear in my head of the water falling is elegy… it is also demand that our prayers be those of action. Let us pass laws about guns. Let us interrupt hate speech. And please, please, please, let us stop repeating the hate that spews from the mouths of ignorant people. Let us be constructive…

Let us be people of Peace. Let us remember that Peace is not passive. When I co-opt Peace to be a verb and say, “Let us Peace,” it is an active verb.


Waterfall Beauty, Waterfall Peace

I suppose there are people who don’t like waterfalls. I can’t quite imagine it, but i suppose there must be… I’ve stopped to gaze at waterfalls everywhere I’ve been… When possible, I’ve swum in them. yayayayayay.

Aside from the beauty, apparently the falling water does the same thing that oceans do: produce negative ions that raise our serotonin levels which make us feel better. Here’s a collection of articles that talks about it. Interestingly, lightning is the largest producer of negatively charged ions… which may explain our excitement about them.

And then of course, large waterfalls can produce hydroelectric power and change the world or ok, maybe just the community for the better. Clean Energy! We like it!

Native Peoples have often found waterfalls sacred, they celebrate the source of life that is found in their beauty. Maybe it’s the ions, maybe it’s the mesmerizing nature of the falling water, maybe it’s the power — whatever it is, for me, it adds up to Peace giving time spent watching water fall.

Scott’s picture is wonderful. The falls are beautiful and the sunlight and shadow are also beautiful. Wake up, my dears, here’s some beauty for the day! Peace of the Waterfall be with you.