By Jean Tinder
Published in the May 2015 Shaumbra Magazine
Standing by the river watching the water rush past, full and swift with the recent snowmelt from the mountains, my consciousness began to drift. There’s something mesmerizing about flowing water and I felt myself soften; the tight thought-spring in my head began to unwind, my brain cells slowed their pounding and my body relaxed. Staring into the water on this gray spring day, a memory floated to the surface … something about imagination, about creating my own reality.
After several weeks of high intensity projects, it felt good have the computer out of reach for a while. Strolling through the park we stopped under a bridge and just watched the water for a while. It seemed to whisper a reminder of something… but what? Ah yes, the river flowing by the Shaumbra Service Center. Remember that place, nestled in the edge of the forest just down the road from Tobias’ Cottage? It’s been a while since I’ve been there, but one of my favorite parts is the beautiful river in back. The water flows warm and refreshing, and I love to be in it. And I don’t mean just floating on the surface.
In that magical place reality is a little different. I like to imagine myself submerged in the river, the water flowing around and through me as if I’m porous, washing away the clutter and stress of daily life. It is unbelievably rejuvenating. And now, standing next to the river in the park, my reality shifted ever so slightly. Instead of cold, muddy spring runoff, it became clear and crystalline and I imagined lying in it, just like at the Center. Within moments I felt rejuvenated and refreshed, my body tingling with life, the weariness forgotten. My imagination had actually changed my reality! Continue reading