Water Meditation

Spiritual discernment is an ever-evolving journey into God. It always sheds enough light to help us see the next step as we seek to follow our true path. – Keeping in Tune with God


For this meditation you will need a shallow, medium-sized bowl, half-filled with water. If you are comfortable kneeling or sitting on the floor, place your bowl on a low table. If you’d prefer to sit on a chair, place the bowl on a table.


Take a moment to become settled and quiet. Draw slow, deep breaths. Bring the circumstances of your daily life into your meditation with you, taking time to identify any question or issue with which you may be wrestling. If nothing specific comes to mind that you would like to reflect upon, get in tune with the general state of your being.

Read the following scriptural passage, or if you prefer, select another passage that you’d like to meditate with today.

Give thanks to the one who shaped the earth on the water—God’s faithful love lasts forever. – Psalm 136:6

Read the words over and over to yourself, allowing them to sink into your body, mind, and soul. Eventually, but not necessarily, you may consolidate the passage into a few words, or even one word. Take as much time as you like to become centered, attuned, and still.

When you feel ready, offer all that you are – including your discernment issue, if you identified one – to God. Allow God’s presence to permeate you and your life situation.

Turn your attention to your bowl of water. Spend a few moments observing its properties. Lift a finger and watch a drop or two of water fall back into the bowl.

Quietly feel the water’s coolness and wetness; the way the surface tension grips your fingertip when it rests lightly on the water. You may want to close your eyes as your sense of touch becomes your guide: feel the smooth bowl, the moving water, the soft air around you. Keeping your scriptural passage and discernment question close, open your heart to associations, feelings, and memories that the water evokes. Let them come, and let them go. Allow your hands to move in and on the water as you wish.

When you feel finished, take a final moment to gaze at the water. Offer a closing prayer, giving thanks to God. If you can, carry the bowl of water outside and pour it into the ground (or water a flower), or dispose of it prayerfully.

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