Do you trust in yourself and your life? Or, do you find yourself constantly on guard because you believe the world is working against you?
My dear friend was met with some bad news, and I am not happy to hear about her situation. We brainstormed this morning all of the ways for her to untangle things, and each was met with a big objection. They were not the way that things should look. Every solution seemed to feel mired in resistance before finally unraveling. The situation was stuck.
And then I remembered that you just can’t force things.
In the realm of nature, if running water meets an obstacle, it does not stop flowing. If there is a rock in the way, water will flow over and around the rock without hesitation. The stream will not stop and say to the rock, ” I really want you to move because it is not fair that you are here. This is my bad luck to find you in the path! Now what am I going to do?!” The stream immediately looks for a new place to flow, and keeps moving.
If you hit a giant dam, the water might collect in a giant pool when it meats an obstacle this big… but it will not cease to run toward the dam. Ultimately, the dam will need to flow to someplace else, or the water will hop over the damn if enough collects.
Water is meant to flow. Stagnation will lead to the water being polluted, less dynamic and even sick. Lots of germs live in stagnation.
Stagnation is the reason for loads of illness in living beings according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
We were meant to flow, just like water.
Flow requires faith in life to some degree, a measure of faith in yourself that is tangible.
If you trust, you can flow. If you think that trouble is lurking around the bend, you might choose to fight to have everything “your way.” That’s where the stagnation starts to set in.
Yep, today a big obstacle fell in the path for my friend. All the “not fairs!” in the world will not move that big rock. Nothing seemed to work when we tried to move the rock out of the path. So, there are two options: stagnate like water in a dam or choose to roll with the punches and find a way around the great big rock.
If we were to waste our time trying to force the rock to move because it was scary to deviate from the usual way things go, not only would we get stuck and stagnant, we would lose valuable time that could be spent doing amazing things to fix the problem.
Faith lets you flow.
Next time you find yourself forcing things to go your way, remember that water always finds a way.
Try to be more like water. Spend time cultivating more water energy in your life: drink more water, take baths, visit the ocean, get a fountain. Activate that flowing stream in your own life. You may find you are far more flexible, resourceful and genius than you thought. xoxo Dana
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