1: to keep within limits: such as (a): restrain, control; (b): check, halt; (c): to follow successfully a policy of control; (d): to prevent (as an enemy or component) from advancing or from making a successful attack
2 (a): to have within: hold; (b): comprise, include
3 (a): to be divisible by usually without a remainder; (b): enclose
Contain (v.): late 13th century, from Old French contein-, stem of contenir, from Latin continere (transitive) “to hold together, enclose,” from com “with, together” + tenure “to hold” (tenet).
"A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body."
Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossola, 1810 – 1850, journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement; first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism; her book "Women in the Nineteenth Century" is considered the first major feminist work in the U.S)
"The way the Beloved can fit in my heart, two thousand lives could fit in this body of mine. One kernel could contain a thousand bushels, and a hundred worlds pass through the eye of the needle."
Rumi (1207 – 1273, 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic)
"Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths."
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., 1942-2016, professional boxer and civil rights activist, widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century)
"All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value."
Carl Sagan (1934-1996, academic, astronomer, cosmologist, probably the most well-known scientist of the 1970s and 1980s; studied extraterrestrial intelligence, advocated for nuclear disarmament, and co-wrote and hosted "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage")
"In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it."
Jane Smiley (b. 1949, American novelist, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her novel entitled, "A Thousand Acres")
"If adolescent pregnancy prevention is to become a priority, then our strategy, as advocates, must contain two key elements: civic engagement and education."
Jane Fonda (b. 1937, veteran actress, activist, and fitness advocate)
"The blues are important primarily because they contain the cultural expression and the cultural response to blacks in America and to the situation that they find themselves in. And contained in the blues is a philosophical system at work. And as part of the oral tradition, this is a way of passing along information."
August Wilson (1945-2005, African-American playwright, who won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play "Fences," and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for "The Piano Lesson")
“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
One of my favorite spiritual practices is to sit by a body of water. In Florida, lakes, streams, and our beautiful beaches are stone-throws from every point of origin.
Although, I love beaches, it’s more convenient to sit by a lake. I have visited Lake Virginia for a number of years now, and it never looks the same. It’s dynamic, flexible, adaptable, and can be as still as a sheet of glass. By its living example it continues to teach me its great wisdom.
In Florida, lakes are given names. In contrast, man-made retention ponds are not. Maybe, it’s because we are acknowledging that natural waters are living entities, capable of becoming more. They shape-shift and take the form of any container it wishes. Lakes swell and change form through ripples and waves, sometimes by some small or strong impetus, or some invisible pull from the cosmos, or for no apparent reason at all.
Sitting on the banks of a lake, if we desire, we can allow our vibrations to harmonize by simply being near and feeling the energy of its waves. Given the time and space, water rejuvenates, refreshes, and restores. It’s one of Nature’s Gifts that allows us to dip our toes into The Well and connect back to The Flow.
We are containers witnessing and advancing the divine goodness of our world through whatever religion or spiritual path we deem best.
Be well and walk in faith, sojourners!