How do you become like water? You throw yourself into the middle of the circumstance or situation and flow, letting go of expectation and emotion while you learn to drift.
I live in an area where we experience all four seasons, all of which I enjoy. What I don’t enjoy as much, is the part where spring, summer, and fall each get 2 months and winter gets 6. That’s a slight exaggeration technically speaking, but since snow sometimes starts flying by October and may be still hitting us in April (and sometimes May!) it feels like winter overstays its welcome more often than not. It’s my intention that once our children are grown and the situation allows, hubby and I will head for sunnier pastures during the months of January through March. But in the meantime, I take my workout outside each day and I adapt. It has been my experience that nothing is as formidable as it seems once you throw yourself into the midst of it and cold, wintry weather is no exception. It always looks worse looking out at it from inside than when you’re in it. Why? Because when you’re in it, you become a part of it rather than a resistant bystander. In becoming a part of it and allowing yourself to be embraced by it, you become a benefactor of its strength and power. The physical and psychological (your heart and head) feed from this strength and align themselves accordingly, empowering you to adapt. As I’ve told you before: when you’re meant to do something, you will always be given what you need to do it. Always.
Being like water does not come naturally for most of us. That’s precisely why we need to view it as the workout it truly is and practice, practice, practice! Keep in mind that the level of challenge involved will serve to make you fully appreciate the freedom this process brings once you become better accustomed to employing it. Adapting, whether it be in regard to your workout, the weather, your relationships, your job, response to life situations surrounding you, etc… is an essential practice that will serve to empower you. Whatever your struggle is today, I urge you to stop fighting against it and instead jump right into the middle of it. Let yourself flow and receive its energy. It may just give you the resolution you’ve been looking for.
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