Ripples in the Water – Zen Mind

As I meditated on the ripples that I saw in front my eyes it made me think about our actions and the knock-on effect. I’ve always wondered about the symbolism of the gravel surrounding the rocks in a zen garden and I was intrigued to hear as the monks rake the surface early in the morning they are looking to create the texture of waves in the sand. True artists at work.

Sometimes you hear this saying, “everything is caused by something, and in turn, is cause for something else”, but honestly I never really thought about it much until recently. I think there’s something true to be said about living your life in an honest manner and letting the ripples of energy spread out in to the water. Although sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, the actions and contributions of individuals can impact those around us and in turn affect those around them, if that’s positive then we can be hopeful for the future.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama

This is part of my Zen Mind series, combining my photography with some thoughts on meditation and life.

6 February, 2018