Looking into a lake is a beautiful reminder of the importance of reflection for our well-being. The water’s calm surface mirrors our reflection back to us, inspiring us to consider how we’re really doing at that time. Underneath the surface of lakes, water runs deep — just like the workings of the body’s cells and the soul’s thoughts and emotions. The lake park I visited for this series of wellness blogs on the U.S. national park centennial was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon: home of the deepest lake in the USA, and one of the deepest lakes in the world.
Crater Lake, which formed over the top of a volcanic basin after an eruption thousands of years ago, is 1,943 feet deep. It’s also one of the clearest lakes on Earth, with water that comes from pristine rain and snow. Plankton live in the lake, and so do two kinds of fish: rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Two islands pop up from the middle of the lake, which is five miles in diameter. The lake’s water is such a deep, pure blue that simply the sight of it inspires awe. According to a legend from the Native Americans who lived around the lake years ago, the mountain bluebirds in the area were first grey and acquired their vivid blue color only after dipping into Crater Lake’s water.
This wonderful lake is just one of many on the planet, though. There are lakes of all shapes and sizes dotting the landscape for us to visit to reflect on our lives. So you won’t have to travel far to find a lake to visit for some refreshing reflection whenever you can make time for it. Afterward, let your lake time motivate you to reflect on your life every day — perhaps when you first get up in the morning, or just before you go to sleep at night (when you’re less distracted and more relaxed).
Water promotes reflection in a variety of powerful ways. It symbolizes clarity and purity, inspiring us to try to understand our lives better and clean up the messes that linger under the surface, with God’s help. Not only that, but water molecules transmit energy that affects us at the cellular level. Since our bodies are made up of so much water (between 60 and 70 percent for most adults), the water in our cells resonates with the energy of the water molecules we encounter at natural places like lakes.
Masaru Emoto, who conducts fascinating research into how water molecules change scientifically in response to people, writes in his book The Secret Life of Water that if readers “simply look at water” then “you will discover that water takes you to another world where you will feel the water within you being washed clean … it will heal you at your core.”
What situation in your life right now could you understand more clearly if you went to a lake to reflect on it? What decision are you trying to make that you could make with more confidence if you reflected on it thoroughly first?