Here is today’s Question:
Is it ok to just go with the flow or am I giving myself more work or a hard time by picking a concrete direction in order to make life a little more digestible?
To go with the flow can make things easier, especially in the short term. However, for the long term sometimes “go with the flow” choices may not get a person to higher points of their life, which require extra work/awareness to achieve. Yes, at times a person might want to climb a mountain or have to swim upstream against some flows. Of course there are also times we have to move cross wise to rip tides to survive and thrive in your nature.
In other words: there isn’t a single flow around us, but many different currents and possibilities to follow.
Which one is best? No one is best, they are all different and offer various options in life. Yet understand certain paths are more “Graceful“.
At times we do make hard choices to go counter to the flow of life around us.
In this it’s important to trust your inner instincts to differentiate between following your flow compared to the flows around your life. In Taoism, we teach a person how to refine the ability called the “third eye”. The third eye represents the ability to sense and feel potential around you. Awareness of potentials allows a person to more clearly sort out which flows can assist your life to become more graceful and which currents sweep you away from your essence.
Choosing direction in life is more of an art than a science. When people make choosing life paths a science, they make life predictable and repeatable. This often means following examples of others as guides. This is disadvantageous as it promotes living the same old life, without freshness. However, society pushes people down predictable paths, as a predictable path reinforces the repeatable patterns that support society itself.
The real choice becomes: Are you making life… your own?
Many people just stay down a comfortable course to reduce conflict. If you go with the social flow you also reduce the social conflict you will encounter. However, this often increases the inner conflict a person feels by going further away from their personal center. Likewise to become fully your own person increases the chances of facing social conflict against others who want to shape your life to make their life more comfortable.
As Taoists going with the flow, is very much about who we are: but we go with the flow with deep awareness of all the flows around us. A Taoist never hesitates to follow the path that fully defines life, as our own person fully. Understand there isn’t a single path that defines us perfectly, more to say, we always use everything around us to live completely.