I have dropped another stone
Friday, April 02, 2010
Whenever I went to Russian River (California) for summer holidays I used to gather stones along the river bank. I kept them in my pockets throughout the holiday until it was time to return home. In my own little ritual, to say farewell to the river, I would then go and stand next to the quiet water and drop the gathered stones in to its crisp green depths, one at a time. The sound of the water accepting my offering was like music in my ears, that clean ker-plunk, followed by the little tower of water sinking down again. I would watch the ripples drive outward across the surface until I only imagined them still there. I was a dreamy kid!
Today I have dropped another stone in to the water of life, an imaginery river on whose waters I am traveling, journeying to a new place, a calmer, even if more active place. The name of the place is called Health and its neighboring town is called Happiness. Happiness is an interesting place, a magical place, because it moves along the river's shore - sometimes closer, sometimes so much further away you have to take it on faith that it's there! And sometimes, like today, I can be standing in the center of town without realising it. Joke's on me!
Today I have dropped another stone into the water and watched the ripples as they fade away. I will never see that stone again, I have offered it to the river and it has accepted the gift. I am over a stone lighter today! I am quiet and contemplative as I consciously recognise what I have given to the river. I watch it fade away. I no longer need it. It has served its purpose and I gladly give it back. And then I continue my journey, watching my footsteps form in the soft sandy path along which I travel, content, happy, eager to continue.
(For those of you outside the UK, a stone equals 14 lbs.)
Cheers and Blessings, my darlins'