I watched a special on PBS last night by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I think it was called, “Change your thoughts, change your life.” My understanding is that he just wrote a book inspired by the writings of Lao Tzu. I always liked Tzu’s ancient writings as well, so found this all really interesting.
One of the segments I really liked was his suggestion that we live like water. Water is flexible, not rigid like ice, but it’s still strong. Water even carves rocks – not by being a strong force all the time, but by being gentle and persistent. He scooped water in his hand, and you know what happened, it flowed out and around his hand, but he also showed that when you keep your hand in the water, you have all you want.
I really love the imagery of this. Water, is an amazing force of nature, maybe even the most amazing. A huge part of each of us is water, and yet many of us live our lives as if we’re stone - rigid, unflexible, strong. I like the image of water embracing all around itself – and each thing it embraces becomes a part of it.
Waterfalls, lakes, oceans, puddles, each shows us our reflection, and each shows us beauty outside of our reflection. I wonder if we even really see water for what it is. Maybe water is akin to love. Love that embraces all, is strong yet still soft and flexible. Quiet but persistent, seductive and deep.
I know this is a departure from my usual style, but I was quite struck by this idea. Live like water. Live like love itself.
Wishing you well,