The Waters of Paradise

A few kilometres southeast of Ubud at the bottom of 440 steps Tegenungan Falls refract the morning sun through clouds of thundering spray. Hiking down to the falls was a bit like walking down Eight Street hill in New Westminster. Easy! The climbing back up is another story. On the way through the valley we found two distinct places for cleansing.

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At the first pools a set of uncapped pipes delivered mountain water to a public washing station. A cleansing for body and clothing. A public laundry. A mighty great spot for cooling the body. The smile says it all. Refreshed.

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A little further along the trail there is this crevice in the rock with clear cool water bubbling out. The crack looks like a Moses struck stone. Water from these stones? The sign says it all, “holy water.”

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Once again the sign says it all. These youngsters claiming title and landscape from the kids. The cooling mist enveloped everything and at the bottom of the escarpment the temperature was cool, the breeze gentle and the way up looked like forever.

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From our resting stance at the top of the valley the waters look calm, the path gentle and the way down easy. The part that Heraclitus never got was that the way up and down might be the same but the journey is very different. A bit like all this recovery stuff…. Getting to the holy water is easy… Seeing it from a perspective of the steps worked, that was the challenge. The water fall a treasure on the journey.

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