Obviously, I got some bad information about Hamilton Pool also being called Hippie Hollow. From the description of Hippie Hollow given here, I was never there -- not that I remember, anyway! (Hey, it was the '70's).
But I have actually stood under the waterfall at Hamilton Pool, and I stood behind it to hear the roar and catch the splatters of water. Transcendent!
Oh, where to start? Y'all have posted some wonderful replies. At least the sum total of them has relieved my mind; maybe what I'm doing is
a type of meditation, after all. But is definitely not a stilling of the mind, rather more an expansion of it. As Jake put it, I guess it's just a "different way" of meditating. I find walking very meditative, too, Argenta. I like to walk under the cover of darkness so people won't see me standing feet apart in front of an oak tree with my hands & chin in the air!
Badger Bob made me look up the word "proprioception." Maybe I should have checked a different dictionary, because the example that was given in the meaning I looked up was what cops make you do when they stop you for a DWI; i, e, walk that straight line.
I get the sense that you mean something like an out-of-body experience, right BB? I totally agree with you about sweat lodge vs. waterfall: All that ever happened to me in a sweat lodge was fainting.
I was surprised that so many people knew about Hamilton Pool. It certainly does dispel the stereotype of Texas as the Wild West. This is the photo across from my shower:http://www.xerxy.com/wp-content/uploads ... n_pool.jpg
Y'all are onto me, DarcAchona & Serenity! I have felt that if I sat still to meditate, all sorts of unpleasant stuff would parade across my brain. I know there are difficult things ahead for me, and I really don't want to deal with them. Plus, I am still viewing meditation as a pass/fail course. Intellectually, I know better, because I meditated for years, twice a day, without passing judgment on myself... I am aware of the amount of water I am using when I luxuriate in the shower; still, I can't imagine getting everything done in 3 minutes! How do they know if you pass the three-minute mark in Australia? Do they cut the water off or something?
Anyway, I try to make up for the water I use in taking the long shower by cutting back on other water-use activities.
Bicycling -- in the rain or not -- was one of the most meditative experiences I've ever enjoyed. I rode for several years in the Hill Country and could really let my mind just kind of disappear. It was also one way to feel the wind, Aurora. I know what you mean! Wind = freedom in some mystical way. When I lived out in the country and there was a hurricane coming our way in the Gulf of Mexico, I'd sit on the porch and just let the wind have its way with me... Rain, in general, is a very calming (unless it's one of those Texas frog-stranglers). We haven't had any rain in so long that I'd forgotten that it's one of those simple pleasures that can put one into a meditation. I'm glad you brought it up, DaRC. And I hope you get to take that trip across the US.
I remember reading about your shower ritual before, Donata. It's such a beautiful way to start the day! I haven't been aware of allowing negativities wash out of my system while I'm showering, but that's a great thing to do. You are right: Any activity can me a meditation. The trick for me is staying in the moment.