One of the activities I engage in everyday when possible is a walk along the Tomebamba River near my home in Cuenca, Ecuador. During this walking meditation my mind wonders along with that of the river. I love the sound of water. When the river is high, it blocks out the sounds of the city and my mind transcends to other worlds while my feet remain firmly in contact with the cobblestoned path. This path for a little while becomes a Yellow Brick Road into my own thoughts and life.

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This morning I am on a thoughtless stroll until I see this tree. One of its main limbs was broken off in yesterday’s storm. Although I feel sadness for the lost limb, there is also a certain joy in knowing the tree still lives. It will heal itself either with or without the assistance of man. That is the power of nature.

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This ability to heal and to continue life after the loss of an arm or leg is inherited from nature. As long as the core remains mostly in tack, the body will survive. Human kind will survive. However, for us to continue to survive, we need to have a healthy core planet to support that life.

Whenever the government sends a probe to the Moon, Mars, or some other planet one the first thing the probe does is to search for signs of water. Why? Because from our limited human range of reference, water is necessary for the possibility of life. Life existed in water long before it existed on land.

The earth’s oceans are her lungs and we clog them with tumors of plastic. Her rivers like this one are her veins and we pollute them with chemical waste and garbage. Life as we know it is dependent upon water. We need to do a better job taking care of our planet and primarily its waterways. Water is our most precious and valuable resource for life.

Random thoughts while I walk to The Roll of the Tomebamba.

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Healing with the assistance of man.