tulum, purity

You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

“A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.” So says wikipedia anyway.

We started our morning with a mindful practice that included Sarah talking about water and purity. It made me realize how I take the most abundant resource on earth for granted. Everything I do, everything I use is either made with water or is touched by water in the process. I thought about this as we packed up our bags of gear (just snorkel masks, fins not allowed), climbed in our van and rode about 30 minutes away to the entrance of the Gran Cenote just on the otherside of the town of  Tulum.

I have to admit, the cenote was one of the most beautiful natural formations I’ve seen in person. I’ve climbed quite a few mountains (above 14k feet at that), seen the unbelieveable grand canyon (it really doesn’t seem real!) but nothing prepared me for the quiet, the absolute stillness once I let myself fall under the water.

The water is so crystal clear you can see all the way to the other side of the cave, or if you have a light even to the bottom of the deepest parts. Little tiny fish nibble at your skin if you hold still and float freely in the water for just a few moments. Once they started nibbling it was also mean to take away their meal of dry skin. Meanwhile, turtles swim in and out of the water grass around the shallows and rocks avoiding human interaction.

Being still, swimming and floating in the pure, fresh water was a purifying experience.