The trip to Beede Falls was one of several waterfalls I visited in the Winnipesaukee area the weekend of July 4th 2016. This is a lovely little falls with a big shallow pool to cool off in on a hot summer day. It’s a little off the beaten path, but a nice visit if you’re in the area. The nearby town of Center Sandwich is also lovely.
The falls themselves drop over a ledge allowing you to sit behind the water and look outward. It’s something of a secret hideaway. Meditation is like this in that we can go to a “secret place” for some peace and perspective. Of course there is nothing secret about the spot behind the waterfall or meditation, except that they can only be appreciated on a very personal level. It’s up to us to take on the experience and to glean its insights.
There’s a metaphor in there for life, I’m sure.
Beede Falls, Center Sandwich, NH.
The Waterfall Series – A significant part of the minute meditation series are these waterfall videos I’ve been taking for many years now. Most of the falls are in my native New England.
Minute Meditations is an ongoing series of short videos, poems, and commentary intended as a meditation. Offered as an opportunity to step back from your cyber routine and settle into a more natural rhythm, if only for a minute.
Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst
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These videos are produced for those of us who spend an inordinately large amount of time in the cyber-world. They are not a substitute for unplugging from your devices and taking a stroll near trees, water, or a patch of unkempt grass. Getting out into the world – touching, smelling, hearing, and seeing nature is the best way to reconnect with our prime purpose.
What is our prime purpose? We are feeling and sensing machines. We are the universe looking back on itself. We are witness to the wonders and dangers of living in this corner of the cosmos. We are the seekers looking for connection a little further beyond yesterday’s borders and boundaries.
But sitting and staring at the screen robs us of the sustenance that we rely upon for wonder and sanity. These videos are an opportunity to bring the sensations of nature to you, while you’re in the cyber-world. Its an opportunity to relax your gaze, resettle your posture, and regain some depth in your breath. Listen and watch the video and allow your self to open up and recharge.