Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere. — Hakim Sinai, Sufi poet
They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming. ― Hermann Hesse
All water is holy water. ― Rajiv Joseph
No water, no life. No blue, no green. – Sylvia Earle
… again and again a new land edge emerges a new people emerges where race and class and death and life and water and tears and loss and life and death destruction and life and tears compassion and loss and a fire stolen bus rumbles toward you all directions wherever you are alive still
— Juan Felipe Herrera
“The Water said to the dirty one, “Come here.” The dirty one said, “I am too ashamed.” The water replied, “How will your shame be washed away without me?”
— attributed to Rumi
SONGS about WATER:
- Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel (ballad): https://youtu.be/WrcwRt6J32o
- Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water performed by Josh Groban and Jen Malenke (folk ballad): https://youtu.be/lca0wYLFmtg
- Michael Row Your Boat Ashore performed by the Pete Seeger (folk): https://youtu.be/pd_5-2kCzfs
- Michael Row Your Boat Ashore performed by The Highwaymen (folk): https://youtu.be/jRv-fgfLFTk
- Water by Brad Paisley (country): https://youtu.be/1AHnQtY1bg4
- Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood (country/Christian): https://youtu.be/mH9kYn4L8TI
- The Water by Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling (folk): https://youtu.be/a4QQ7HYYdWw
- The Water Is Wide performed by Karla Bonoff (folk): https://youtu.be/7EfHZtCKJGY
- Wade In the Water by Cynthia Liggins Thomas (Gospel): https://youtu.be/7_euSS86dvE
- Come Thou Fount by Celtic Worship (Chirstian): https://youtu.be/XKOoeTbjSeI
- Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong (Christian): https://youtu.be/6GGFb6LcX3U
- Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne (pop): https://youtu.be/EKF6ghfcQic
- Water Sounds audio mix (contemplative): https://youtu.be/jkLRith2wcc
- Water and Instrumental Music audio mix (contemplative): https://youtu.be/V1RPi2MYptM
- If I Could Walk on Water by Eddie Money (rock): https://youtu.be/lyqARK6FoDk
- Walk on Water by Britt Nicole (Christian): https://youtu.be/BeTu8twnGvU
- New Every Morning by Audrey Assad (Christian): https://youtu.be/Grz3Hxw9GWU
- Rise and Shine song performed by Cedarmont Kids (Christian): https://youtu.be/sl5anJpB-X4
- Walk on Water by Milk Inc. (pop): https://youtu.be/CAuCYfY73Wc
- I Walk on Water by Kaleo (alt rock): https://youtu.be/lHmuPXyLn3
- Speaking to the Water by Pat McCabe (Lakota spiritual approach): https://youtu.be/OeeAMNxuqio
- The Last Drop: The Water Crisis by National Geographic: https://youtu.be/3VyfN30XzDM
- Water Conservation Tips by National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/water-conservation-tips
- Mistakes to Avoid While Drinking Water by Dr. Hansaji (Yoga Institute): https://youtu.be/NAScYOAeBmo
- Scientific Theories on the Origin of Water: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/scientific-insights/clues-true-origin-of-earths-water/
Water Themes in Scripture:
- Water of Life by the Bible Project: https://youtu.be/PgmAkM39Zt4
- Waters of Chaos and Rivers of Life: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/bibles-story-told-by-water/
Mythology of Water:
- Darkness, Breath and Water: Creation Stories from many cultures: https://wwnorton.com/college/history/ralph/research/creahelp.htm
- Origin Stories by Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/big-history-project/what-is-big-history
- Sioux Creation story: https://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/pre_18thcentury/creationstories/pop_sioux.html
- Water Mythology from many cultures: https://www.lenntech.com/water-mythology.htm
- Creation Stories with Water: https://www.cs.williams.edu/~lindsey/myths/myths_7.html
- Sumerian creation stories: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/epic/hd_epic.htm
Water — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The water understands Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
The Water Diviner— Dannie Abse
Late, I have come to a parched land
doubting my gift, if gift I have,
the inspiration of water spilt,
swallowed in the sand.
To hear once more water trickle,
to stand in a stretch of silence
the divining pen twisting in the hand:
sign of depths alluvial.
Water owns no permanent shape,
sags, is most itself descending;
now, under the shadow of the idol,
dry mouth and dry landscape.
No rain falls with a refreshing sound
to settle tubular in a well, elliptical in a bowl.
No grape lusciously moulds it round.
Clouds have no constant resemblance to anything,
blown by a hot wind, flying mirages;
the blue background, light constructions of chance.
To hold back chaos
I transformed amorphous mass—and fire and cloud—
so that the agèd gods
might dance and golden structures form.
I should have built, plain brick on brick, a water tower.
The sun flies on arid wastes, barren hells
too warm and me with a hazel stick!
Rivulets vanished in the dust long ago,
great compositions vaporized,
salt on the tongue so thick that drinking, still I thirst.
Repeated desert, recurring drought,
sometimes hearing water trickle, sometimes not,
I, by doubting first, believe; believing, doubt.
Water is the driving force of all nature. — Leonardo da Vinci
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. — Lao Tzu
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one. — Jacques Yves Cousteau
In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans. — Kahlil Gibran
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. – Heraclitus
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. — Isak Dinesen
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. — W. H. Auden
A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us. – Lucy Larcom
Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land. – Luna Leopold
Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world. – Charles Mackay
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself! ― Mehmet Murat ildan
I believe that water is the closest thing to a god we have here on Earth. We are in awe of its power and majestic beauty. We are drawn to it as if it’s a magical, healing force. We gestate in water, are made of water, and need to drink water to live. We are living in water.― Alex Z. Moores
Water sustains all.– Thales of Miletus
To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together. —Barry Lopez
Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. – Lau Tzu
Water Water Water Wind Water
— Juan Felipe Herrera
for New Orleans and the people of the Gulf Coast
water water water wind water
across the land shape of a torn heart
new orleans waves come louisiana the waves come
alabama wind calls alabama
and the roofs blow across red clouds
inside the divine spiral there is a voice
inside the voice there is light water wind fire smoke
the bodies float and rise
kind flames bow down and
move across the skies
never seen blackish red bluish bruised
water rises houses fall
the child the elders the mothers underwater
who will live who will rise
the windows fill with the howling
where is the transfusion
where is the lamp
who who in the wet night jagged in the oil
waves come the lakes loosen their sultry shape
it is the shape of a lost hand a wing
broken casinos in biloxi
become carnations across the sands
and the woman in the wheelchair
descends her last breath
a rose in the razor rain uptown on mansion hill
even the million dollar house bows
in the negative shade
someone is afloat
a family dissolves the nation disappears
neighborhoods fade across lost streets
the police dressed in newspapers flutter
toward nothingness moons who goes there
under our floors filtered wooden stars
towels and glass gasoline coffins
the skin of trees and jalopy tires
fish bebop dead from the zoo
the dogs half drag
ward number nine
miss Symphony Spikes and mrs. Hardy Johnson
the new plankton new algae
of the nameless stroll in the dark
ask the next question about kindness
then there is a bus a taxi a hearse a helicopter a rescue team
a tiny tribe of nine year olds
separating the waters the oils and ashes
hear the song of splinters and blood
tree sap machine oil and old jazz trumpeters z’s and x’s
raffia skirts and jujube hats and
a father man holds the hand of his lover
saying take care of the children
let me go now let me stumble
drink this earth liquor
going in petals
stadiums and looters celebrities cameras cases more water cases
again and again a new land edge emerges
a new people emerges where race and class
and death and life and water and tears and loss and life
and death destruction and life and tears
compassion and loss and a fire stolen bus rumbles
toward you all directions
wherever you are alive still
White Buffalo Teachings (excerpt)
— Chief Arvol Looking Horse
We need a great healing,
and we need a Great Forgiving.
But healing cannot begin without forgiveness.
We must forgive each other,
Forgive our loved ones,
Forgive our friends,
Forgive our enemies,
We need to pray even for a person who has done wrong!
In our Tiyospaye – our family — when two people fight they are made brothers or sisters.
Forgiveness itself is a powerful medicine.
We need forgiveness to create PEACE!
Mitakuye Oyasin! (all our relations) in the Great Circle of Life,
where there is no beginning and no end.
An Act of Faith: Peacable Kingdoms (Christies.com).
Learn about the life and art of Quaker artist Edward Hicks and his series of 62 paintings based on Isaiah 11 and descriptions of a world in which animal and creatures co-habitate peacably.
Wage Peace — Mary Oliver
Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools:
Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries, imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious – Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Don’t wait another minute.
Songs about ‘Peacable’:
- Patti Smith’s Peacable Kingdom (art rock ballad)
- Rush’s Peacable Kingdom (blues/progressive rock)
- Adrian Belew’s Peacable Kingdom (progressive rock)
- Concordia Choir performing movements from composer Randall Thompson’s Peacable Kingdom (classical choral music)
Musings on Peacable as Possible
If we live in peace ourselves, we in turn may bring peace to others. A peaceable man does more good than a learned one. — Thomas a Kempis
Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. — Thomas Jefferson
Peaceable times are the best to live in, though not so proper to furnish materials for a writer. — Joseph Addison
I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slave-holding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. —Frederick Douglass
Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting men have made a place for themselves while the … peaceable have gone to the wall. — Elihu Root
Freedom of expression and freedom of peaceable assembly must remain sacrosanct. — Bryant McGill
The revolution is the war of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty against its enemies. The constitution is the rule of liberty when victorious and peaceable. — Maximilien Robespierre
I do not believe that any peacock envies another peacock his tail, because every peacock is persuaded that his own tail is the finest in the world. The consequence of this is that peacocks are peaceable birds. — John Ruskin
Violence is the tool of the barbarian; aggression is the method of the primitive; bloodshed is the way of the savage; cruelty is the manner of the brutish! To be called … ‘civilised,’ man must be peaceable! — Mehmet Murat ildan
I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercions which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to produce the desired effect. — Thomas Jefferson
What I loved in the man was his health, his unity with himself; all people and all things seemed to find their quite peaceable adjustment with him, not a proud domineering one, as after doubtful contest, but a spontaneous-looking peaceable, even humble one. — Thomas Carlyle
Of all our faults, the one we avow most easily is idleness; we persuade ourselves that it is allied to all the peaceable virtues,and as for the others, that it does not destroy them utterly, but only suspends the exercise of their functions. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The Peace of Wild Things
— Wendell Barry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
— Denise Levertov
A voice from the dark called out,
“The poets must give us
imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar
imagination of disaster. Peace, not only
the absence of war.”
But peace, like a poem,
is not there ahead of itself,
can’t be imagined before it is made,
can’t be known except
in the words of its making,
grammar of justice,
syntax of mutual aid.
A feeling towards it,
dimly sensing a rhythm, is all we have
until we begin to utter its metaphors,
learning them as we speak.
A line of peace might appear
if we restructured the sentence our lives are making,
revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power,
questioned our needs, allowed
long pauses. . . .
A cadence of peace might balance its weight
on that different fulcrum; peace, a presence,
an energy field more intense than war,
might pulse then,
stanza by stanza into the world,
each act of living
one of its words, each word
a vibration of light—facets
of the forming crystal.