❖ DAY EIGHT ❖
“When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi
Just like the universal water that rushes down from the mountains to the rivers to the ocean, we can trust that the water will find its way back to the ocean, and so can we, with the flow of our life.
Water symbolizes our emotions.
Emotion is energy in motion (e-motion) as mentioned by Neale Donald Walsch in Conversations with God Book 1. We can recognize that in our day to day existence, we constantly go through a whole gamut of emotions that moves through us as the day unfolds. There are days when more uplifting emotions captures the flow of the day, and there are times when it's the other way around. If our emotions are not expressed, it gets bottled up inside and it stops the flow of this energy, eventually getting locked up in our energy field. Bottling up emotions is like a dam trying to contain water. At some point, the dam gets full, but what happens when it rains? The dam becomes overwhelmed with the amount of water that is collected through time, and sooner or later this dam is gonna give in to the power of the sheer volume of water accumulating and it will eventually spill, raging to find its flow again. Why? Because movement is the natural state of the water. When water stops its flow, it becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of pests. That’s how it is whenever we have unresolved emotions. We eventually disconnect ourselves and we find it harder to go with the flow of life. This energy from our emotional body when not processed eventually manifests as a disease in the physical form when it is not addressed.
The practice of meditation invites us to be able to sit with our emotions whatever they are, whatever arise, and whenever they arise. Through time, with a daily meditation practice, you’ll find that managing intense emotions becomes easier because meditation develops greater awareness in us. It expands the moment of reactivity by being conscious of the situation and instead of reacting, we can find it easier to simply respond.
The more we can let go of past hang ups, the easier we can flow with life. The more in the flow we are, the more joy we can experience.
If your life is water, what is the quality of this water and how would you describe it?
MY LIFE FLOWS WITH EASE.
LONG TIME SUN
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
Recite this mantra with the first one dedicating the metta to yourself, the second one you can send it to a friend or anyone in need, and the third you can envision your family or community, or the planet.