Be Like Water
Be like water. Water forms to the shape of the terrain that it flows or the vessel that it occupies. It's fully adaptable to the uniqueness of any situation.
The flow of water is deliberate and calm - as that of a strong spirit; continuous and unwavering in the face of unknown. It moves on an experiential level by the force of gravity that holds our shoes to this earth. Always receiving. Always giving.
Yet, the flow can become restricted with thoughts that obsess over minutiae - like the grip of hand on sword, or the elements of a brush stroke on a canvas. These things are important, but are better practiced in training. That's where skills are honed with sparks flying over an open flame to a level of expertise. It all takes time.
When existing in the moment, accumulated skill coalesces into a present state awareness and the flow is effortless. From here, actions are made instinctively with trust - an inner trust that we're ready to experience the terrain in front of our eyes, regardless of skill level. To attain perfection is to practice for many lifetimes with diligence and grace. Over time, as skills become instinctual and present state awareness holds with greater ease, the confidence to stand tall on unknown terrain grows more natural, and the spirit becomes water.
Practicing awareness and adaptation are also key. This means finding personal lines of comfort and stepping beyond them willingly. From this vantage point we get a taste of what's to come while strengthening the ability to mold to our surroundings. In these moments we learn what we're capable of and illuminate a future path.
Awareness and skill become intertwined to act as one - the spirit. The more we're in communion with the spirit, the more we're in total communion with our true selves.
So think, in times of fear, discomfort, or otherwise, what would water do?