35. Flow

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu

Let go…Let Go…LET GO!!!

It is so easy to forget how little we are in the river of life; to get wrapped up in how we would like to change and shift the world so that it better suits our perceived wants and needs. When I step back just a little I can see this in my life, in the grand scheme of things I am just a small piece of the whole that makes up my experience.   It is noted in the quote above, that to resist the flow only brings sorrow. Yet moment to moment I am trying to jockey the universe to play by my rules, trying to redirect the flow of the cosmos instead of truly taking the easy road and going with the flow.

As I look back on my experience I can detail many times when I tried to fit the world to my likings and what resulted was great pain and disruption. Conversely, in my life when I just let go of the outcomes and did my best, to be my best, what resulted were better outcomes than I ever could imagine.

Yesterday was a perfect example of this materializing in my life. I had some very broad stroke plans in place to spend time with my brother and enjoy a day outside.  As the day went on more and more opportunities showed up for us to share the time and enjoy each other’s company. If we had planned our day to the minute and not allowed for the universe to surprise us, our day would never have been so full. I choose to trust in the flow of the universe and to fit myself to it. It is much easier to swim with the current, if you don’t believe me, give it a try.

Affirmation:  I am part of the stream of life and today I will go with the flow.

Call to Action:  This is a call to be mindful. The only way to properly do this is to set reminders throughout the day to check your motives and choices. Watch out for times throughout today that you try to shift or control the world around you.  Do your best not to change the cosmos but to see how you can change to better fit in the flow that will carry-on with or without you. I think this may really be the easy way.

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