Last weekend, I took a walk with one of my best friends at the Historic Dam Trail in Williamsburg, where we discovered the most incredible ice formation I have ever seen. Above a dry stream bed, there were two different layers of ice with no water beneath them. 

We spent at least 15 minutes kneeling down on the banks of the ice stream, trying to figure out what had happened. We touched the upper layer of ice, which was thick and had concentric circle patterns. We crumbled the lower, thinner layer. We speculated and wondered about how the ice froze in such perfect, beautiful sheets, without any water underneath. We came up with a lot of good hypotheses, but will probably never know how or why it happened. 

I loved the sense of wonder and presence that I fell into, trying to solve this mystery. At first, I felt uneasy with not knowing, and then was grateful for the reminder that it’s okay to not know. It’s okay just to be amazed. (If you know how this happens, I wouldn’t be mad if you told me). 

All around us, there are miracles that we take for granted. Our theme this month is mystery. I hope you find one that brings you to your knees in wonder. 

 

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

—Rumi