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WATERFALL PORTFOLIO
2003-2004

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A
Great
Teacher
Li
ving
Like
Water
 
 
 
Big Mama Thornton- with the Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xkGAK82mgc

 
Muddy Waters* -Mississippi Delta Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0_eRVroLqs

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Water

 is a great teacher

 that shows us how

 to move through the world

 with

 grace,

 ease,

determination

and

humility.

 

The journey of water

as it flows upon the earth

can be a mirror of our own paths through life.

 Water begins its residence on earth

as it falls from the sky

 or

 melts from ice and streams down a mountain

into a tributary or stream.

 In the same way, we come into the world

and

begin our lives on earth. 

 
 
WATERFALL_BLUESILVER_2004_CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; WATERFALL                                                CATHERINE L. JOHNSON           2004

 

 

 

 

Like a river that flows

within the confines of its banks, 

we are born with certain defining characteristics

that govern our identity.

 We are born in a specific time and place,

within a specific family,

 and

 with certain gifts and challenges. 

Within these parameters,

we move through life, 

encountering many twists, turns, 

and 

obstacles along the way just

 as a river flows.

Water

is

a

great teacher

that shows us

how to move through

the world

with

 grace,

 ease, 

determination,

 and 

humility. 

WATERFALL  COLLAGE  2004 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;WATERFALL (COLLAGE)                             CATHERINE L. JOHNSON       2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a river breaks

at a waterfall,

 it gains energy and moves on,

 as we encounter our own waterfalls, 

we may fall hard

 but we always keep moving on.

 Water can inspire us to not become rigid

 with fear

 or

 cling to what’s familiar.

 Water is brave 

and

 does not waste time clinging to its past,

 but flows onward without looking back.

 At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled,

 water does not run away from it in fear of the dark;

 instead, 

water humbly and bravely fills the empty space.

 In the same way, 

we can face the dark moments of our life

 rather than run away from them.

Eventually,

a river will empty

into the sea.

 

Water does not hold back

from joining with a larger body,

 nor does it fear a loss of identity or control.

 It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness 

by contributing its energy

 and 

merging without resistance.

WATERFALL BLUEGOLD  2004 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON (BOTTOM); CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;WATERFALL  (DETAIL)                                           CATHERINE L. JOHNSON      2004

 

 

 

Each time we move

beyond our individual egos

 to become part of something bigger,

 we can try our best 

to follow

 the lead 

of

 the

 river. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
HEAVENINMYMOUTH  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON  2012; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;HEAVENINMYMOUTH                     CATHERINE L. JOHNSON     2012
 
 
MEDITATION:
 Madisyn Taylor
DAILY OM
30 OCTOBER 2013
 
 
* Muddy Waters was the guest artist,
several times,
while I was at Macalester College
( freshman + sophomore years).
I went to 5 different undergraduate and graduate programs.
I did NOT want to be shaped by any ONE institution.
I researched, fished and dove into the waters
 from each of the five selected educational systems.
 
 
 
Your brain is a sacred chemistry set.
Be careful of the chemicals you choose and the duration of the mix.
Breaking Bad.
Breaking Good.
Water.
Falls.
Falling.
Water.
Implosions.
Explosions.
Geography.
Neuropathways.
Patterns.
Leit-motifs.
I like open wheels.

waterR/EVOLUTIONwater

falling/WATER

water/FALLS

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE