Come To The Water

I sit by the banks of Spirit River—
holy waters—rain, snow melt, 
soon overflowing with each new day.
Waters that quench thirst, bless babies,
clean food, wash our dead. Water
that we fight for, die for, and travel
miles to fill a jug. In this season of Vernal Equinox,
Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Norooz, Holi, No Hi, 
water washes clean, reminding us of the source.

Are we not mostly made of water, not unlike our earth?
As a bucket drawn from the well, then
poured into one cup, you, another cup, me, 
and on and on. 
The scriptures sing,
Come to the water.
Come to that which will heal, cleanse, bless.
Come into the source within, that from 
which we are made.

The water blessed at the baptismal font is also us—
all of us. We are holy water. 
Water that washes transgression. 
Water that forgives. Water that blesses the new babe. 
Refreshes dire thirst. 
We are the water that washed the beloved’s feet.
That became wine. That parted in the seas.
We are the miracle.
Can we not see it—in each other? 

Each of us filled with a natural resource.
We are all that valuable.
Come then to the water.
Come home within. 
Come to each other.
Let us flow like the river.

Come to the water.


“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro

“Water, always ready to change, to adapt, to create and transform, is the best guide that nature offers us for understanding how to live with wisdom and serenity, how to achieve a healthy and fulfilling life.”

Paolo Consigli, The Hidden Secrets of Water

“He who would understand this water and its secrets…would also understand many other things, many secrets, all secrets.”

Hermann Hesse, Siddarhtha

Ongoing Resource List

  • The Four Agreements: A Toltec Book of Wisdom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Mindfulness and Grief by Heather Stang
  • How We Live Is How We Die by Pema Chödron
  • The Bhagavad Gita, Translated by Eknath Easwaran
  • St Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation by Mirabai Starr
  • Wild Wisdom Edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • Earth Prayers From Around The World, Ed by Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon
  • The Tao of Relationships by Ray Grigg
  • Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue
  • Unconditional Love and Forgiveness by Edith R. Stauffer, Ph.D.
  • Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Art & Fear by David Bayless & Ted Orland
  • Quantum-Touch by Richard Gordon
  • The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Persons Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, PhD
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
  • Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living by Janis Amatuzio
  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman
  • Violence & Compassion by His Holiness the Dahlai Lama
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

5 thoughts on “Come To The Water”

  1. Beautiful—and true!

    So good to hear from you, always,



    Frank and Kathy Schweigert

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    Saint Paul, MN 55104

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