If You Feel Stuck, Learn To Flow Freely Like Water
We’re constantly bombarded with the stress of needing to make things happen. We planned ahead for life’s unexpected events. The thought of being in the unknown can be paralyzing. Our minds are not ready to deal with the anxiety, so we do everything we can to avoid or eliminate any cause of uncertainty.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting things to change, but one has to weigh the effort involved — will you be swimming against the currents of the universe? Life is perpetual motion. Nothing is ever permanent therefore it would be wise to go with the flow. Each of us has the unique capacity to choose our response to any set of circumstances.
To live our best life means to engage in it moment by moment. If you spend a lot of time thinking about life, you’re missing out on the adventure. The more you’re engaged in your mind, the less you are actually doing things in the physical environment. You’ll miss out on the simplicity, ease, and inner stillness that comes when you go with the flow.
There is freedom when you’re open to taking risks, failing, and having unlimited joy. You can bend and recover no matter what happens if you’re malleable.
Manipulation and control is the ultimate joy killer of life. When we’re wrapped in the idea and security that we’re free, we’re living in the memory of something that’s in the past because freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
— Lao Tzu
Let go of the image we hold so tightly
Free yourself from any fixed mindset. Instead, learn to adapt, grow, and change. To be like water is to be mindful and ready for any opportunities as they present themselves while taking proactive measures to solve existing problems. This does not mean we should sit idly by and allow the stream to take us where it might without having to worry about anything — far from it!
To be like water is to be flexible. Adopt an agile mindset when approaching every circumstance that arises in our lives. Water can adapt to every form. We become rigid in our form when we allow the past to control who we are, fitting only into certain situations while cracking under pressure from others.
The formless nature of water does not make it any less powerful. It possesses a unique strength on its own.
Water can wrap itself smoothly around your hands, but hitting the water at high speeds is like hitting concrete. When we break the surface, the pressure will make water act more solid. When water crashes against an object, it disperses, but when a solid item crashes against another object, it shatters into pieces.
We will face problems of all sorts as we go through life. To be like water means we must let go of the image we hold so tightly. When we complain and often even blame life’s inconveniences, we are not adapting. Instead of slipping through cracks, we keep our rigid shape, smashing into the problems until either side breaks.
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
— Bruce Lee