Reflets and Reflections…

Spring Reflections

Spring Reflections - 50cm x 50cm - Acrylic on canvas

There is a place in the grounds of Taplow Court where I live called the Bapsey Pond.  A place I go and visit often to reflect,  clear my head,  absorb the beauty of Nature,  feel the moment. It is a very mystical place, beautiful and calm, surrounded by trees, bushes and a majestic willow.  It is connected by tradition with St Birinus (about 642AD) who is said to have baptised Saxon converts here.

I have sat beside it many times, following the light dancing on the water, imagining, or just enjoying the moment.

Some days, it can be like looking at a picture upside down, as if the water is holding the sky in its arms while the trees’ reflections frame the image.  Nature’s beautiful display making my heart sing and swell with gratitude.

Reflections or ‘reflets’ are like a magic trick played by the water and the light. The reflected images are often distorted, forming shapes, bringing depth and magical colours, making one’s mind wander and imagine mysterious stories.

If the water is clear it is like a mirror reflecting the sky,  sun,  trees, and the dancing light brings out deeper and often mysterious reflections, making the mind reflect.

This winter the pond was covered with snow, still beautiful but with a different feel to it; as if its life was on hold.

Bapsey Pond in winter

Bapsey Pond in winter

When life is not going the way I would like it to go, there is a quote I have read many times that helps me remember how my life can be compared to the surface of the pond. If my environment is not reflecting anything positive, it only means that I need to give my life a good polishing !

“It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the inner darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena (ie, the Dharma nature) and the true aspect of reality… How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.”

Nichiren –  from ‘On attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime’-1255

I will finish with this beautiful piece of music by Claude Debussy,  ‘Reflets dans l’Eau’. Close your eyes and reflect…

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