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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Do sacred nymphs contribute to healing waters?

"At the beach, people meditate on water without intending to meditate, without lessons, without purpose, naturally."
 — @thomasmooreSoul 18 June 2013 

Thomas Moore writes "Searching for Nymphs: The Power of Belief" in the May-June 2013 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. In this piece, he recounts a childhood activity during his summers on the family farm in New York and then suggests,
"We could restore a sense of the nymph in our modern world, but that would require a shift in the way we imagine spirit. We’d need first to be more serious about the special presences that draw us to lakes, ponds, streams, and oceans. Why go to the beach? Why sit, as I do on Cape Cod, and contemplate a marsh, one of the reputed favorite haunts of nymphs? We go because we find the spirit of the place refreshing and restoring. After all, the Greeks said that nymphs are healers."
To counter a contemporary view that nymphs may be associated with "fluff" (reinforced unfortunately by the magazine's accompanying art work), Moore suggests concrete ways to invite nymphs into our lives.

Depiction of a more substantial fresh water nymph is in the British Museum: "River-God & Naiad Nymph, Campanian red-figure amphora c 4th BC. Perhaps on Cape Cod, Moore communes with nymphs of the marshes, nymphai heleionomoi.

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