Spring Meditation — Rivers and Raindrops

“To trace the history of a river, or a raindrop, as John Muir would have done, is also to trace the history of the soul, the history of the mind descending and arising in the body. In both, we constantly seek and stumble on divinity, which, like the cornice feeding the lake and the spring becoming a waterfall, feeds, spills, falls and feeds itself over and over again.”
 — Gretel Erhlich, “River History”

The life of a raindrop. What a fascinating little traveler a drop of water is!

Scientists tell us that no new water has been made since the planet was created! It is the same Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules uniting to form water. In other words, the water  here on Earth now, has been here since the planet was created. Over the eons, the water may have changed forms, from solid to liquid to gas, and been located in many different places.

I am stunned to realize that the drop of rain falling on my patio may be have been:
(1) locked in a slowly moving ice glacier for eons of time;
(2) part of a mighty ocean;
(3) flying high in the sky with other raindrops as part of a cloud;
(4) in a river, gurgling and bubbling over rocks;
(5) flowing underground through soil and porous rocks;
(6) in an animal’s circulatory system (as part of their blood);
(7) in a plant’s system, carrying nutrients and providing structure to the plant’s branches and leaves; 
(8) falling as rain, snow, sleet, hail or ice pellets;
(9) in the air, blowing as mist or fog.

As the drop of water moves through its cycle (also known as the hydrologic cycle), it is part of all of these weather features.

Think hard about this, and you will never take water for granted again. What an amazing thing it is!

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