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In my meditation, I saw a puddle that had formed in the rain, and I heard the word, 'Puddle'. I understand this message to mean that we can only see a true image of ourselves when the water is still.

Let's take a closer look at this analogy. Let's imagine that it's a rainy day, and we are taking a walk with our umbrella and rubber boots (or in Hawaii, rubber slippahs). We're walking along a path, and we see a big puddle, so we go over to it. Leaning over and looking at our reflection in the water, we can only see a distorted picture of ourselves. The image is not clear.

But, if we wait until it stops raining and the sun comes out, we will be able to see a perfect image of ourselves reflected back to us.

If we take this analogy a step further, we can understand that when we feel upset or agitated like the turbulent water, we cannot get a realistic perspective of what's going on in our life. We have more of a subjective view on things. Everything seems pretty messed up.

However, if we take the opportunity to calm ourselves, we can gain a much wider overview of the situation. We can do this through breath work, going for a walk, doing chores, or anything that will take us out of our left brain and mind chatter. Once we have found a place of stillness, we can gain a more objective image of where we stand.

This reminds me of a quote by Buddha, "The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see. When it's calm, everything becomes clear."

© Erika Marie Rose and Good Vibes, 2019

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