Several years ago, when I first started meditating, I read the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It’s a great introduction to the practice of meditating and one of the ways he recommends for quieting your mind is to picture yourself behind a waterfall. In this analogy, the water is your thoughts and because you are behind them they can just flow by and not let them impact you.
This process never worked for me. I could never quite picture what it would be like to be behind the waterfall, you know?
And then I went to Iceland. And I saw lots and lots of waterfalls. And I actually got the opportunity to stand behind one at the Sky Lagoon. As I stood there, with a stone wall behind me and rushing water falling down in front of me . . . I got it. I could hear the water and it was loud. I could even feel the water splash on me occasionally. But it didn’t really impact me . . . I was separate from it, even though it was there. Just like my thoughts when I’m meditating. They are there and sometimes they are loud and sometimes they distract me but mostly I can just let them go and settle into myself without being impacted.
I find it so interesting that something like this, which I read about and tried and then discarded, came back around for me and worked for me in a positive way.
Sometimes the lessons we need to learn just take a while to become relevant.