Elephant Adventure 28: Water

Water. Notice it. It’s everywhere. It falls from the sky, it’s part of us, it’s in the air, in the foods we eat. It’s one of the things that makes the Earth what it is. Water is everything. Water is life.

Water is also that stuff I’m learning to swim in. Because water is powerful, and if we’re not careful it can also claim our life.

Like these past few days. The floods in Massachusetts. The avalanches in Tahoe.

I breathe water. I drink water. I swim in water. I skate on water.

The final discussion talked about how ubiquitous, flexible, and impermanent water is. Can we be the same? I feel this is one of the key concepts on this journey of mindfulness. And really, understanding and embracing it makes all the small annoyances of life not matter.

Understanding this is crucial to achieving equanimity. Or, in my words, becoming imperturbable.

I love that when I wrote that post, I had no idea I’d make the connection I just did here. Impermanence wasn’t even a concept in my head. Progress. It feels… peaceful.

Elephant Adventure 29: Look Up!

2 Comments

  1. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Bruce Lee

    It took me a long time to understand that one after I first heard it. Water wears down mountains, moves beaches, changes continents, but it also provides life and makes the planet function. It does all that while adapting to it’s environment and becoming whatever it needs to (without losing itself in the process) to do it’s work all the while being immeasurably persistent and patient. We should all be more like water.

    • Your comment reminds me, I was thinking about this some more after I wrote my post, and yes, the other big thing we should channel from water is adaptability.

      Super Important Life Skill.

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