How does one flow and be at peace at the low times?
To cascade down the cliff and tumble with joy as we encounter each leap of faith to our next destination.
In Taoism we teach over and over again how to be as water.
So many reasons why and also simply because we are water…
We are water (our blood), and stone (our Bones) and air (Breath) and fire (Burning our food to be alive).
We don’t need to seek enlightenment… it is lived, by living life well. As flows the river into the sea: you can even say enlightenment is attained by all in the end once we release. So why make people jump thru systems of belief to seemingly make them earn something we all already have access to… The power games of religions are just that games… (and often rigged games at that)
Play yes, but know there are no true losers in this game called enlightenment. (despite what others might say in an attempt to control your actions otherwise for their own short term benefit)
As life flows with water, overcome challenges by becoming full and flowing around obstacles and those who would dam(n) you for their own purposes.
To be as water 🙂
In Taoism we embrace water, to flow and how to be pure in intention. So it’s hard to see the environmental damage to our water, the fracking, the oil spills like the BP disaster, the blatant pollution of water across our world. What response can be enough to illustrate and help others understand the enormity of the problem?
I can only say: as we treat water, it treats us in return.
Without respect and kindness in (personal or business) actions towards water, we only reduced our own life. The current business focused society shows no respect to the surrounding world and the surrounding world returns the treatment 100 % back to society. It’s sad since it’s us the people who take the brunt of the abuse to the environment.
Abuse can take 5 generations to remove from a family. The clean water act was passed in 1970, so we still have a ways to go to learn as a “collective family” the lessons in respect and kindness on how to stop such societal abuse to our water and the larger world.
But we don’t have any excuses to stop working in fixing water pollution issues. We each must push ahead to continue trying to improve how to live (in respect / kindness). Otherwise this abuse we are witnessing and is within our society will never end. Patience / release of destructive lifestyle is required to make a difference.
The lesson to remember about water is:
It has patience above all else,
Water patiently takes eons to work it’s way thru every crack, to wear away all that stands before it…
To follow water’s example is to know it’s in the simple continued actions that make a difference. With patience and simple but kind actions we do change the world to be a better place. One action at a time.