Thought Energy’s Ripple Out

The flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas ~Edward Lorenz, on Chaos Theory

landing waves ~d nelson
landing waves ~d nelson

Outstretched wings elegantly flap
intending gentle water landing.
Initially smooth feet glide
then, this goosey bottom’s bam-slam
breaks the peaceful surface stillness.
Despite best intentions, can’t deny
it was me who created the wave,
as the universe is always looking.

rippling out
rippling out

Cognizant that thoughts, words & actions
always produce the fruit of karma
nudges me to take responsibility
employing the view that
everything is interconnected.
Nurturing thoughts of caring,
love, forgiveness & healing
support words spoken authentically
& actions confirming thought’s purpose.

ripple mosiac
ripple mosaic

Looking around seeing ripples
of anger,fear & delusion
nearly impossible to miss
as they shatter through bedrock
troubling the waters, above & below.
All living things threatened
by subsequent tsunamis & debris
created by mind’s continuation
of ancestral cycles of hurts, insecurities & disconnection.

ripples cross lake
ripples cross lake

Flapping these somewhat awkward
large wings above the water
hoping that their breeze’s energy
will be as gentle as butterfly’s.
Offering calm heart’s
deep, slow breaths
upon mostly still ponds
that their ripples may provide peaceful refuge
to myself & those who meet them
whether near or far
in time & space.

45 Replies to “Thought Energy’s Ripple Out”

  1. Beautiful poetry and photography, David. Thank you for reaching out with this peaceful imagery and reminder of how challenging it us to maintain calm when those ripples and waves continually move to disturb all they encounter.

  2. A deep and lovely reflection about the power of thought. Yet I wonder. “Despite best intentions, can’t deny it was me who created the wave.” Do peaceful, loving thoughts, too, bring new life-giving ripples and waves to stagnant waters?

    1. Thanks Carol for kindly sharing!
      While I endeavored to balance the effects
      perhaps there could have been more emphasis
      on “new life” & love infused waves 🙂

  3. I am going to stop what i am doing and go camping by a lake just so that I can throw stones and watch the ripples! Very nice!

  4. You have placed a perfectly delightful pebble here, David. Watching the waves spread through stillness, I return to stillness, and take a moment to reflect on all that abides there. I loved the connection between thought and the depths of the earth, and how our difficulties as individual beings are not isolated from the sometimes harrowing effects of moving earth, winds and water. Best, like the landing of the goose, to arrive gently into the stillness, minimizing our bam-slamming! Exciting though it may be!

    Peace
    Michael

  5. “Offering calm heart’s
    deep, slow breaths
    upon mostly still ponds
    that their ripples may provide peaceful refuge
    to myself & those who meet them
    whether near or far
    in time & space.”
    Ah yes … I feel them. Thank you David 🙂

  6. Thank you for your beautiful ripples. I felt them come my way, washing over me. I try to do the same – spread ripples of peace kindness joy. I’m better at it than I used to be.
    Alison

  7. Wow, this is so lovely and I completely agree, we are all connected and effecting each other and the rest of the world, so much responsibility and so wonderful at the same time! I am looking forward to reading much more of your work! you are very talented. Thank you. Michelle

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