EACH RIVER HAS ITS OWN BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY.. moving, flowing, unfolding in its own sacred space and time.
It may follow a straight, focused path moving forward with determination.
It may carefully navigate earth fragments...twigs, rocks, trees, boulders.
It may move forward in near silence, absorbing with deep appreciation every living thing it encounters.
All rivers have a rhythm...a wisdom that needs to be honored. They represent the onward flow of Life itself which animates our spirit.
Listening to our river and RESPECTING its forward movement (whatever that may be) is essential for us to progress through our earthly journey with joy and ease.
On the other hand, pushing "the river" produces tension and anxiety.
If we are feeling anxious or upset...if we are frustrated by events or circumstances that trigger us...and we choose to pretend this is not what is happening...we are pushing "the river".
"The river" inside us wants to express itself with the freedom and grace of authenticity.
If we deny that authenticity, we fight the natural unfolding which is so important to our health and well-being.
Like the river, we are designed to be open, transparent, expressive.
When we deny "What Is" clearly going on because of fear or discomfort...because of limiting beliefs or unhealed hurts, we interrupt the beautiful rhythm and flow of our life.
And when we try to force an action or reaction from someone (or ourselves) instead of waiting for its natural expression (which comes in its own time), we create disharmony.
And, by so doing, we not only compromise the health and well-being of the body, we compromise our emotional and spiritual progress and we surely cause disturbance to our relationships.
"The rivers" of our life must be welcomed and honored. If we respect their flow we will feel the beautiful ease of being our true, authentic selves and encouraging others to join us in this Divine unfolding.
And so I offer you this gentle reminder...
As you move through your day and navigate the "scenery" of your life, take a deep breath, bless the moment, remind yourself of Life's innate wisdom and DON'T PUSH THE RIVER.
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originally published July 29, 2012