“The purest and truest spiritual life begins with accepting everything that comes to you as a gift and teaching.”
One of my earliest teachers was a river. I grew up close to the hill country of Texas, and in the summers my parents would drive north, about sixty miles, to a section of the Guadalupe River near the small city of Hunt. I learned to swim in her currents, and one of my first experiences of the deep side of life came in swimming underwater. I would swim two or three feet beneath the surface with goggles, seeing the vague contours of my parents standing on banks of her shore in the sunlight and also looking around me at the underwater world of perch and catfish.