The other day I went swimming, something I like to do especially in the summer. I remember standing in the water, floating, and thinking: this is good. Feeling completely at peace. Enjoying the water. In-joy in the water.
Some days I swim laps. Some days I feel full of energy and I can swim for half an hour straight and I when I’m done I think: now I feel alive.
Other days, especially after a long day at work, I feel too fried to even swim a lot. On days that I’m stressed, I can’t get my mind to stop. Please stop. I’m in the water but swimming in my thoughts. And all of a sudden the water doesn’t feel that nice.
It ocurred to me that life is like the water. When I’m swimming in it, fully in it, with all my mind and body, I feel alive. Then I realize that G-d is all around me, that G-d is the water, that I’m swimming in the womb of G-d. Paul said “For in him we live and move and have our being”.