‘Welcome back to Regional Victoria’ the sign read. From the passenger seat I turned to hubby and excitedly said, “It’s so good to be back”.
We’re driving into the High Country, one of my favourite parts of Victoria. I’ve written countless articles on this area, on the vibrant colours, bike tracks and gourmet produce. And, of course, the big views.
But this time I’m not here for the stories. Lockdown is finally over and we’re free to travel beyond 25kms. We’re free to see our daughter again, to go camping and, miraculously, we get to do all of this, on the same weekend.
Our first big hug after so long was the best. Nothing beats real human connection. After exchanging belated birthday presents, enjoying lunch and some cat cuddles we’re escorted to our private ‘campground’, down by the river. It was here we set up our van, with close friends soon to join us.
There’s something mesmerising about the sound of flowing water. Here, close to camp, the pure, pristine Ovens River, fed from the mountains of the High Country also commands respect.
Harry, our exuberant pooch, jumped into the strong currents and would’ve ended up down the river if not for my daughter. In she went, boots, jeans and all, to yank him out. Cue laughter from parents.
Water is calming but it’s also powerful and has a force of its own.
Think how a river flows. It bends, takes its time. It’s gentle, yet powerful and when it faces an obstacle it simply flows around it. Sometimes it’s slowed by logs and rocks but it never stops and it always gets to where it needs to.
Rivers are a magical, moving, living part of the very earth. They twist and turn, always moving forward. They accept that “it is what it is and just go with the flow”. This is the foundation of river philosophy.
Everything passes. It’s true. The life giving river has so much to teach us, if we take the time to learn.
“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lau Tzu
“Give”, said the little stream, As it hurried down the hill. “I’m small, I know, but wherever I go, The fields grow greener still.” – Frances J. Crosby
NIGHT SKY MAGIC
As life on the water quietened and the day became night a fire was lit and, around the warmth and camaraderie of the flames, the magic continued.
With no distractions we immersed ourselves in its light. It commands focus and time slows. When my gaze lifts upwards from the fire, billions of night stars show how infinitely small we are in the grand scheme of things. And yet how connected we are. We’re all one. We don’t need to understand it. All we need do is embrace the mystery and love the miracle that is life.
“The Universe is saying: ‘Allow me to flow through you unrestricted, and you will see the greatest magic you have ever seen.’” — Klaus Joehle
“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.” — Dan Millman
Don’t just look at the stars. Be one.
That night I slept like a log and the following morning I found myself sitting on one. What bliss. As I sat in the morning peace I felt at one with the water, by the birdsong and clouds above. Nature was in harmony and I felt part of it. I was part of it.
FINDING OUR INNER MAGIC
Beyond the therapy of the flowing river, there’s another world of remembrance that lies within each of us.
Remember the magic of simplicity and that life doesn’t need to involve getting caught up in the narratives being played out around us. The mayhem perpetrated by the media. Our world is undergoing massive rapid change and, whether we understand it or not, we’re along for the ride. We don’t, however, need to get sucked into the fear. Do you still watch and believe the mainstream news? Turn it off and trust yourself instead.
The current of the water in the Ovens river was strong, so incredibly fast. Remember how Harry nearly got swept away? That’s how life feels lately. Everything’s moving so fast. So much that’s been dark and hidden is coming to the surface so keep your balance as things get rocky. Times are evolving but so are we, if we look inside ourselves and remember what matters.
We don’t need to meditate by a river to feel calm and to remember our essence. Wherever we are we can raise our vibration, align into our highest energy of love and come ‘home’, knowing that “like a river, there is no hurry and we’ll get there one day”.
THE MAGIC OF IMPERMANENCE
Things are constantly moving and changing. That’s life. And meditation allows us to embrace the nature of impermanence and learn to surf the waves with greater ease.
Next time you’re feeling angry, anxious or sad, explore the notion of impermanence. Know it’s like a passing weather front and it won’t last. When you connect to the truth that everything passes (both the bad and the good) you’ll find resilience in the setbacks and a greater joy in the present.
So, close your eyes and remember the innate magic that lies within you. Remember how strong you are. You don’t need validation from anyone, just as a river doesn’t need other forces to flow. It just does. It gives, takes, rejoices in its own purpose and flows with grace and ease. Be the same.
If you can believe anything, believe that you’re more than what they say you are. Believe that you’re a child of humanity and of the Universe. Believe in unity and that you’re a wave of extreme love. It’s real and inside you and it’s stronger than anything else.
Be well, keep your head above the surface and know your own power.
For the best is yet to come.
In love and light