The Water is My Prayer: Collective Wild Swimmers' Poem
"The water is my prayer". Lagoon gifted me this phrase when I immersed in its still December 2021 chill. My daily engagement with water is how I commune on a deeper level, in body and soul, with something beyond and within myself. That morning I realized I 'pray' with, and through, the water.
Out of this seed of thought, blossomed the idea to create a collective wild swimmers' poem knowing that when wild swimmers immerse, intense magic often takes place in body, mind and soul. If moved to do so, please add your own hope/wish/prayer/intention in Comments below if you would like to become part of The Water is My Prayer - its flow and inspiration is bound to reach into the hearts of water lovers around the world as they experience the healing power of water.
When I woke up I wrote the following prayers/intentions/hopes/desires. If I were to put words to these mystical watery sensations and expressions, maybe I could make the words real and call them my prayers and hopes for others to read and reflect upon. And, as I wrote, I thought of all the other wild swimmers I feel connected to around the world and I wanted to make this a collective, collaborative poem and prayer. Even though I typically immerse alone, I know that I am not alone in my inexplicable call to the water and I have felt that love and connection across the vast globe through mysterious watery channels of ocean, river, rain and lake.
Water connects. Water feelings go beyond borders. Wild swimmers must pay attention and be present to immerse safely. Out of that blessed awareness, even if brief, important doorways open to inner and outer connection. Lovers of cold, wild waters go into the liquid chill deliberately and must arrest their attention, go still and inevitably find a new dimension to forge intention and provoke reflection. I released this idea out into the IG wild swimming community in Dec 2021 and received many contributions which I am delighted to share now, finally, in August 2022. Thank you for being part of The Water is My Prayer.
The Water is My Prayer: Collective Wild Swimmer Poem
By @dawn_swimmer (Spain) & Wild Swimmers from Around the World
May it hold and buoy me when I sway and fall wrapping me in its forgiving embrace.
May joy be my favorite stroke as I glide through river, ocean, stream or lagoon.
May it bring me flow when I want to fight.
May it help me find myself when I am lost.
May I be like water and always find a way even when doubt threatens to drown me.
May it thrill and awe me and fill me with overflowing gratitude.
May Lagoon's silence and peace fill me with stillness.
May I be patient like eternal River on its long journey to the sea.
May I be wise, bountiful and ruthless like great Ocean to do what must be done.
May I be carefree and surrendering like Waterfall as it trusts and lets go into the unknown.
May I simply be water - adaptive, flowing, flexible, soft yet determined, unapologetic for being what it is - as water is itself……
I breathe with the Earth and the water is my prayer.
May the water that gives life be gentle with me. Keep me away from the whirlpools, eddies and rips in the sea.
May I be mindful in my search, in my journey to be, of dangers that lurk, of depths I can't see.
May I be blessed with senses to hear when it speaks and not risk myself when my addictive soul seeks.
May I eventually dissolve into you.
May water, either fresh or sweet, find and wend its way deeper into her oceanic self!
May the water take me to my other place, where worries cease and are replaced with the joy of life.
When I swim, the seagulls are my eyes, the fish are my ears, the waves are my hair, and the monsters at the bottom are my thoughts.
May it softly kiss our skin with its cold sweet embrace, wonder in our wild hearts and sweet play.
May I always have the opportunity to bathe my soul in your arms and come out feeling like a queen.
May I always feel your pulse – calm, excitement, fear, respect.
May I trust myself as much as I trust the water to hold me.
May I know when to swim upstream and when to turn and flow with the current.
May I shed the layers of unworthiness placed on my shoulders by society and drop them at the water's edge, so that I may step into the embrace of the sea and return to myself, emerging again with a renewed understanding of my true worth and connectedness to the earth.
May I see my reflection in the water and understand my true self.
Immersed in this powerful force of nature, I find solace and comfort in its embrace, a comfort unlike any other, one that allows me to be my true self, FREE
May I keep finding the peace and confidence I never found in my childhood home.
May we quench our own and help others learn to quench their thirsts in life.
May I never take you for granted and feel as graceful and free in every aspect of my life as I do when I'm with you.
@polariah (South Africa)
May the water envelope me when nothing else feels safe.
May the water clear my mind when the world above is chaos.
@adhd_frue, @linns_reise (Norway)
As I am mainly made of water, I connect with all water elements – sea, rain, ice, river and ocean. May the water meet my inner waters and reunite in harmony.
I believe in you because deep down I believe in myself – you flow through my body, heart and mind setting me on fire from within. And when that flow abates I will return to your arms and rest awhile.
May the water bathe my soul and cleanse my body.
May the water tell me her stories.
May the cold water always have the power to bring my breath and awareness deeply back into my core, returning me to stillness and authentic being.
Water: its depths, my sanctuary.
May the water give me the strength to push through my ups and downs, like waves in the sea; recharging on every crest.
May the water make your body shine.
May she bring me always back to the essence of who I am even as I release myself into her embrace.
Water: Take me I'm yours. Take me, we're one.
In water there is incarnate wholeness and cleansing grace…I exhale in the holy embrace.
May the water hold me when I swim backstroke relaxing, breathing and feeling going under the water surface with less air in my lungs.
May the water allow me to lose myself along with my fears and anxieties.
May the water bless thy soul.
May the water stay out of my boat and remain in my heart
Blessings as fluid as water, ever flowing, transformed by shafts of light illuminating the beauty of the deep – look and see, see and be amazed!
@lynnorthamart (South Africa)
May the water cool me when I'm hot and bothered.
May the sea soothe you, the air purify you and the sand support you.
And may the waters feel blessed by this existence who loves you, unconditionally, every time I humbly immerse in you.
May I respect and honor Water's presence in my life, surrounding me, within my body's every cell, and never take the power of that relationship for granted.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this poem. Since it is collaborative and open, anyone who feels inspired to add their own water prayer, please add in Comments below.
Reading of The Water Prayer
On the Winter Solstice, 21 Dec 2021, I hosted a LIVE IG solstice ritual by creating a virtual Water Circle around a tide pool next to the Sea, a place to grieve the losses from the last year, celebrate the joys and lessons learned and then release the prayers, hopes and intentions for the new season and year. Using a jar of lights (too much wind for the candles! – not all good ideas manifest as one envisions), my dear daughter and I read these prayers into the longest night, the night that gives way to light and lengthening days even as it heralds the commencement of the cold winter. As I read, I sat in a tide pool. The ebbing tidal waters occasionally wrapped their cool hands around my waist, the Sea sharing in the moment and helping to carry away the prayers into the nourishing depths to be honored. Enjoy this live reading and your own journey into the water. May peace be with you wherever you are.