What does it mean to go with the flow?
We say it all the time, but do we really think about what those words actually mean?
I don’t think so. Judging from the way we run crazy and get bent out of shape whenever something doesn’t go our way or isn’t easy, I’m thinking flow is about the last thing we can tap into on a regular basis.
And here’s why.
In the artificial world, which is the world all of us inhabit in our offices and our protected homes and our built-up neighborhoods and our sealed cars, everything depends on automation. There is no natural. No automatic flow of energy from minute to minute, task to task.
In nature, the natural world has an energy and a flow to it and every creation co-exists in harmony.
When was the last time you were surrounded by nature? And I’m not talking about your neatly manicured lawn or landscaped backyard all fenced in. I’m talking about woods (the way the leaves move and the trees sway, that’s flow). Streams (they flow). Have you watched a snake go along its way? (flow)
Have you watched the sun rise in the east and arc over the daytime sky and then descend into the west? (flow, flow, flow)
So what would it take to flow with yourself?
If you are not in tune with nature, how can you have equanimity?
When we first arrived here to Rishikesh last Friday, we noticed bulldozers submerged in the Ganges. Not sure what they were doing — but I’m assuming that because of the decimating floods from last summer, and the waters receding so greatly since then, they are trying to even out the banks so that the river can flow better.
Except the current is rapid, even in shallow waters, and you can hear the soothing rush of river lapping around rocks and sand and going along its way the way it always has and always will.
The bulldozers probably came with good intention but they certainly disturb the equilibrium of nature. We will have no peace if we don’t respect nature. As one of the great thinkers here said (I can’t remember who), “We are disturbing the river. Serve prana, seek nirvana.” Prana means life force, energy, to get it flowing in you again.
If your goal, your focus is to get the natural energy within you flowing, then you will automatically end up in peace and calm.
It has nothing to do with the outside world. Don’t tell me that someone bothers you or you can’t sleep because of noise. Listen to the inner voice. That’s the one you’ve silenced all these years and let the ego take center stage.
It’s time to go inward, back to your heart, to the core of who you really are.
If you don’t know how that is, there’s no better time than now to find out.