Don’t push the river. It flows by itself. ~Fritz Perls
Water’s wisdom is its ability to respond effortlessly and appropriately to any situation. It flows around obstacles. It yields to an intrusion (think about trying to push water). It flows downhill in harmony with gravity. It takes the shape of whatever contains it. When there is nowhere to go, it rests in tranquility. It transforms in response to heat or cold. It fills the lowest places, yet nothing is more powerful. It nourishes all life without judgment or striving.
And it returns. It returns to the sea. The Chinese character for sea or ocean is 海 which breaks down into “water mother.” The Tao Te Ching describes the Tao using many characters and references which relate to water. It compares the Tao’s presence in the world to streams flowing through valleys into rivers and on to the sea.
Water is the original practitioner of the way of no way!
We are made mostly of water (with a sprinkling of stardust), and so it is our nature to move through our lives effortlessly, and ultimately to return to our source. We don’t need to “do” anything. Our efforts and struggles slow us down (think about swimming upstream), but will not keep us from our destiny. Like water, we need only “allow.”
As we go through our day today, let us listen to water’s wisdom, for indeed it is our own.
Be water, my friend. ~Bruce Lee