True reflections

By Joe Duty | Published Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.”
– Lao Tzu

A far eastern sun filters through tropical evergreen leaves on the un-still waters of a secluded stream.

Our roaming photographer captured this photograph on a recent trip to Okinawa Island.

For a moment, the rippling water runs reflective as mercury.

But surrounding shapes are distorted in the moving water like a heart not at peace with itself misinterpreting the truth it inhales.

All things change, just at different rates. The stream slowly shapes the stone around it. A nearby boulder captured a narrow sliver of silver water. Although the tiny pool takes in very little of the world around it, what it does, it reflects back in clear understanding.

Never underestimate the interpretive powers of a calm mind.

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