be a river

  1. Mindfully embrace every moment.
    • The landscape is always new and changing as we move along the river from it’s source ( our birth ) until we reach our destination (death).
      • Be happy you are always doing things for the first time. It’s a waste of energy to fear what cannot be avoided.
      • The river never stops running.
  2. Take it easy.
    • As the river slows everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more open, fuller and more generous.
  3. Be  kind and compassionate.
    1. The banks of the river are always fertile. Vegetation grows from the river’s water. When you come in contact with others give the thirsty kindness and compassion to drink.
  4. Let Go.
    1. As the river flows it never fights against obstacles, such as rocks, for it is a useless waste of energy. Keep moving forward.
  5. Practice patience.
    1. E] Hollows call for patience. All of a sudden the river enters a sort of hole and stops running as joyfully as before. At such moments the only way out is to count on the help of time. When the right moment comes the hollow fills up and the water can flow ahead. In the place of the ugly, lifeless hole there now stands a lake that others can contemplate with joy.
  6.  Practice non-judgment.
    1. F] We are one. We were born in a place that was meant for us, which will always keep us supplied with enough water so that when confronted with obstacles or depression we have the necessary patience or strength to move forward. We begin our course in a soft and fragile manner, where even a simple leaf can stop us. Nevertheless, as we respect the mystery of the source that gave us life, and trust in His eternal wisdom, little by little we gain all that we need to pursue our path.
  7. Get connected. We are all connected.
    1. G] Although we are one, soon we shall be many. As we travel on, the waters of other springs come closer, because that is the best path to follow. Then we are no longer just one, but many – and there comes a moment when we feel lost. However, as the Bible says, “all rivers flow to the sea.” It is impossible to remain in our solitude, no matter how romantic that may seem. When we accept the inevitable encounter with other springs, we eventually understand that this makes us much stronger, we get around obstacles or fill in the hollows in far less time and with greater ease.
  8. Give back.
    1. H] We are a means of transportation. Of leaves, boats, ideas. May our waters always be generous, may be always be able to carry ahead everything or everyone that needs our help.
  9. Love yourself.
    1.  We are a source of inspiration. And so, let us leave the final words to the Brazilian poet, Manuel Bandeira:

“To be like a river that flows
silent through the night,
not fearing the darkness and
reflecting any stars high in the sky.

And if the sky is filled with clouds,
the clouds are water like the river, so
without remorse reflect them too”

July 11, 2012 by



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