Be like water, my friend

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Approximately 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. The human body is composed of at least 60% water, depending on age, weight and other factors. Water surrounds us, it is within us.  It has no shape, it is flexible, it flows where it desires and moves around or through or even over the immovable even wearing down that which tries to contain it or block its intended path.

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Nothing is weaker than water,
But when it attacks something hard
Or resistant, then nothing withstands it,
And nothing will alter its way.

–  Tao Te Ching

Water cannot be broken, it is impossible to grasp, it can not be injured. It has no shape, yet adapts itself to whatever tries to contain it, remaining steadfast in its movement, ever changing, ever adapting, evolving, assimilating.

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In the water of our mother’s womb we become life. 60% or more of the human body is water. Water sustains life.

Water flows freely and has no shape yet has the ability to adapt to the shape of that which surrounds it.

 

When we try to control everything in our lives, we become rigid. When we begin to see the true nature of all that is, and let go of control, like water, we flow freely. When we think of ourselves more like water, we are able to flow with the circumstances, adaptable, ever changing form to meet our own needs and to take shape of the receptacle which keeps us contained.

When we learn to flow with whatever life throws our way, we adapt and overcome. We can carve the mountains into valleys to suit our soul’s desires. Still, we are always moving, changing, flowing, adapting.

Water can not be broken; if we are like water, then we can not be broken either.

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