Let’s talk about water and the many ways it can help us ground our mind and body each day.
No, I’m not going to talk about how many glasses of water we need to drink each day. That’s an individual thing, just my humble opinion. I’d like to take a broader look at the role water plays in our world, given that it’s one of the essential elements of nature.
Without it, there’s no life on earth.
Have you ever noticed how water flows down a river?
Or marveled at the majestic beauty of a waterfall like Niagara Falls?
The sheer magnitude of how water just moves beautifully and effortlessly can teach us a few things about going with the flow of life every day.
The magical thing about water is that it effortlessly finds its flow, adapting to obstacles, meandering through challenges and it’s always moving forward. It’s a valuable metaphor for how we can navigate life, too.
Going with the Flow
Water teaches us to embrace the idea of “going with the flow”. Life can throw curveballs our way, and sometimes the best response is to adapt and adjust in the most natural way possible to you. Just as water doesn’t resist the path it takes, we can find greater inner peace and resilience by learning to simply accept and adjust to the changes that come out way, especially the uncomfortable ones.
Take Things in Stride
When life’s rapids test our balance, water reminds us to take things in stride. Much like a river keeps moving forward, we, too, can find strength in our ability to persevere through life’s challenges. Sh*t happens. When you get a pile of it, it’s about maintaining forward momentum while keeping your equilibrium and remaining grounded to get through it.
Letting Go of Things That Don’t Serve You
Have you noticed that water doesn’t cling to any obstacles in its path? For example, it knows how to flow down a river, around rocks and then simply moves along. We, too, can learn from water’s wisdom and practice letting go of negativity, grudges, anger, resentment and unnecessary baggage that holds us back from finding our flow.
Moving Through Life Effortlessly
Water effortlessly moves through different terrains and landscapes. It doesn’t resist or force its way; it simply flows. Similarly, in life, when we release our need to control every aspect of it, we can experience a sense of ease and flow that leads us to solutions and opportunities we might have missed otherwise.
Today, simply notice how you can go with the flow of life. Is there anything stressful that’s disturbing or blocking your flow today? Set an intention to let go of it, take everything in stride and move forward effortlessly and naturally.
We’re living in an upside-down world that often encourages us to be in control of everything and to fight against the currents of life. It’s exhausting. And it can lead to burnout and serious health conditions if we’re not mindful of the way we respond to stressful situations.
So, if something doesn’t feel right, simply notice it. What aspect of it is making you feel uncomfortable? What’s raising your spidey-sense? Acknowledge it, and if you can, stop doing it. Remind yourself to let it go and flow forward in a way that feels authentic and right for you.
The wisdom of water teaches us to find and embrace our own unique, natural flow each day – it’s there and you can definitely tap into it to find your equilibrium again.
Need some help with letting go of something? It’s not always so easy to do. Book a free coaching session with me here to begin exploring strategies that can propel you forward. It can be the first step to finding your flow again.