Have you stood by a river engrossed in its visual experience? The sun glistening off every bit of spray, feeling the cool, refreshing spatter on your face. Smelling the verdant vegetation heightened by the moisture around you. Wakening your taste buds as a faint hint of salt drips down your face. Hearing raging water, deafening, or the hush of a gurgle.
The facets of this simple experience are felt through your five senses. Rivers are associated with cleansing, both physical and spiritual. A curious thirst of the mind unfolds as the river flows. Imagine as it reaches out to all the earth, inspiring parable, song and metaphor.
People have been mesmerized by rivers and streams for ages. Great thinkers, writers, all capturing the beauty and fury in prose, or recording them in scripture.
Being beside a stream welcomes one to dip a hand as water gently passes. It is like feeling life flow by, literally and metaphorically. Now in late November, one may not take a dip, but the feeling of life passing by easily fills the mind.
Is this why they inspire such expressive words and sublime art?
The sun cut through the clouds so mysteriously… a religious experience in beauty showing how…
Life itself comes in fast torrents or gentle streams. Metaphorically you can dance in the river as it dances before you.
Take a walk today in the cold crisp air. Stand by a river or stream. Maybe you’ll be the next great poet to capture the right words for the world to read.