1: to stir up small waves on
2: to impart a wavy motion or appearance to
3: to utter or play with a slight rise and fall of sound
Ripple (n.): “very small wave,” 1798, from earlier meaning “stretch of shallow, rippling water” (1755), from ripple (v.). Meaning “mark or movement suggestive of a ripple” is from 1843. Meaning “ice cream streaked with colored syrup” first attested 1939, so called from its appearance. As the name of a brand of inexpensive wine sold by E&J Gallo Winery, from 1960 to 1984. Ripple effect is from 1950.
“Listening to intuition is similar to watching wind wiggle a pond. Allow the ripples to move you where you need to be.”
Soul Dancer (private spiritual teacher, life coach, key-note speaker, radio talk-show host, syndicated columnist, founder of Soul University, and author of "Pay Me What I am Worth")
"Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large."
Shari Arison (b. 1957, American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist)
“There's something about the thousands of glittering lights, the veil of nighttime that almost makes this place beautiful, especially in the reflection of the water. It makes everything askew, disoriented. There's more truth in a ripple of water than in a clear day.”
Ellie Lieberman (businesswoman and author of "Society's Foundlings")
"Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair."
Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814 – 1880, American preacher, editor, and poet, who wrote, "Burial at Sea," which was the origin of a famous folk song, "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie")
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Robert Kennedy (1925-1968, Attorney General during his brother, John F. Kennedy's, administration; later served as a U.S. Senator, and was assassinated during his run for the presidency)
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— Robert Kennedy
One of my favorite spiritual practices is to sit by a body of water, preferably a lake or a stream, and contemplate the unique patterns of ripples that cascade out in search of giving more. I love the energy of flow and the many waves of light energy that water pours out to its surroundings. It’s a dance I am privilege to gaze upon.
I was reminded when attending a lecture given by one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Richard Rohr, that God is as Big and dynamic as the Universe, more than we can possibly comprehend. As a point of reference, Rohr pointed out that scientists calculated that there are approximately 6 galaxies for every person on this planet.
Now, that’s a cosmic ripple!
During this time of great challenges we are searching for ways to lovingly engage with one another. It’s not always easy sometimes. It’s our nature to resist change and our own evolution. Justice is about the balance of power. It’s also about the waves and ripples that happens before there’s true peace.
Fighting for each other and for our country is about showing our love for one another. So is being brave in being honest in what we believe.
Ripple out in love, sojourners, ripple out!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya