Life As Art: A Meditation on Water


Now that I’ve settled into this house with the verdant green yard – full of trees and sparrows and herbs and flowers – I find I love watering.

There’s something meditative about carrying buckets of water out to soak the tomatoes & lavender, the apple trees, and the sunflowers. It gets me outside for an hour or so — and I get fresh air and solitude while I methodically measure and carry, fill and empty.

It’s like walking solo. It lets you get quiet.

You start to listen and hear the subtle changes in the wind. You hear the neighbor’s dogs barking. You feel the air on your skin. You splash yourself with water.

The catharsis of it all is real.

I love the rain barrels under the dormers on the house.

I love the sound of rain filling them. The steady drip as it hits the rising water line.

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I love my olive green watering can.

I love walking amongst the plants and insects, raining down a small spigot of life-giving water.

It feels good – grounding – to be out under the trees, pulling the hose along behind me. It feels good to be standing in wet leaves and seed pods, feet soaked and crusty with dirt.

There’s something bruising and beautiful about the simple act of providing water.

It slackens thirst. It greens the world.

Human beings are 90% water. We are alive because we have access to clean, potable water. We cannot survive without it.

Our reverence for it should be that much more profound because this is so.

Every day I am reminded: You are part of all this. You are connected to all this. You are responsible for acting as a steward to all this.

The natural world depends on our awakening. It counts on us remembering.

It is betting the future on our ability to walk back into Eden and forget we ever left.

We have deep roots there. We must find our way back.

© 2016  Shavawn M. Berry All rights reserved

Image by Christian Schloe

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