Flowing Water

There is guidance for each of us and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Certainly there is a right for you that needs no choice on your part. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I said to Terry that I want to be flowing water. Maybe becoming flowing water is the way to be on one’s true path. (I almost said “the first step on the path”–oh, my ingrained habit of linear thought!)

I see this process of becoming flowing water as acceptance, letting go of resistance, and dwelling–as Thoreau advises–”as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.”

What does this mean in practical, day-to-day terms? I think it means deep listening, stillness (ironically), and shedding the illusion of control. We have control over very little in this life, and yet we behave as though the world cannot turn without our efforts.

This week, I want to hold an image of flowing water, to be as close as possible to the channel in which my life flows, and to notice how that feels.

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4 Responses to Flowing Water

  1. quotesqueen says:

    …and confirmation comes this morning as the gratitude.com word for the day: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~Rumi

  2. Cheryl says:

    This is like a breath of fresh air… like a long drink of cool, pure rain water

  3. This is so lovely. I especially like how you’ve tied it to the way we think the world doesn’t turn without our efforts…so true how we get caught in that!

  4. [...] Flowing Water, April 6 Surrender to the channel in which one’s life flows [...]

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