by Adrienne Ryan, BEd, Brisbane, Australia
Recently I drew a very full bath and when I got in, the water ended up right at the edge. It was like being in a lake – no visible bath lip, just a pure expanse of water. Then, a funny thing happened: I began to notice the effect I was having on the water and a whole lesson on the nature of energy unfolded right there in my bathtub.
I noticed how the water remained unbroken as I lay still, so much so that it became a perfect reflection of the taps, walls and surroundings.
Stillness = clarity
Next I saw how the water wasn’t completely still. It was moving up and down with each in and out breath I took. It was like the water was breathing with me. The gentler my breath, the more exquisitely the water ebbed and flowed.
Stillness in motion = rhythm
I let my finger break the surface and ripples instantly flowed out and then the water became still again – a body of rhythmic breathing once more. When I lunged my foot forcefully to the surface like a creature from the deep, waves and whirlpools erupted everywhere and I felt the shock of their intensity. It took a while but harmony was restored to the bathtub lake and it felt richly, simply, full – animated from depth to surface with a smooth, ready, stillness.
Movement magnifies energy
I wondered what would happen if instead of a lunge, I gracefully allowed my foot to emerge from the depths? I felt the tenderness inside me – delicate, unhurried, content, alive, joyful – and in this quality moved my foot upward once more, this time breaking the water line with barely a ripple, feeling like it was still part of the body of water it had surfaced from, not separate at all.
Do you remember playing in the bathtub with its endless cause and effect opportunities and the sense of wonder, awe and joy bath time offered… and still does?
We are, at all ages, subjects and students of the nature of energy
This bathtub lesson reminded me how playful science is and how the most profound laws, like the nature of energy, are reflected everyday in things as simple as taking a bath.