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"Be water, my friend."

By Randall Buskirk

WED NOV 18, 2020

Here's a fuller version of that famous Bruce Lee quote: 

"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. 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."

A lot to ponder there--the physical, mental, and emotional qualities of water. As to the physical, here is a fascinating video showing some folks very attuned to the watery part of their bodies: https://youtu.be/1gd7FWYp-jQ

Can you imagine moving like that? What if you try it this week? Use your watery imagination and walk as if you are as fluid as water, especially when you are feeling particularly tight. Instead of thinking about bones and muscles and tendons (if you think about it at all), explore flowing along like a stream of consciousness. Notice how it feels compared to being very earthy, or wooden, or fiery, etc.

Where else in your life could you benefit from inviting in more of your watery nature?

How and where could you bring in more fluidity to your thinking, to your concepts about how things and people should be or in what you know to be true?

How might you use more water in your emotional realm? Or maybe for you, you actually need less water.

Is it helpful to imagine this watery element as energy or prana? How might you balance the energy flowing in and the energy flowing out?