The student asked “Learning from water? You must be kidding! What do you mean?”
To pay attention to water is a wonderful and peaceful exercise, almost a spiritual one. Being mindful to water puts everything in perspective including how lucky we are to be made of it.
Water is inside us, composing 70% of our total body weight, even ~ 77% of our brain. Blood, urine, saliva, digestive juices, eyes, joint fluids and sexual secretion are 95% water and over.
Without drinking around 8 ounces (2 L) a day of water, death is unavoidable within few days
Water is outside us: 330 million trillions gallons inside, on and above our planet! It is the same water for the last 4 billions years since no water is lost and none is created. Perfect recycling.
Yet, no one knows exactly how water was formed on our planet.
When we open our awareness to water, we realize what a miraculous substance it is.
If water gives and maintains life to all living being, it can also kill many of them during natural disasters and accidents such as drowning.
Taken for granted, we don’t pay attention to water unless there is a problem with it – toilet overflow, flooding, drought, poisoned water, hurricane, etc.
Student: “OK, OK, beside this philosophical statement, what is your point?”
As we become mindful to water, we can learn from it and teach our mind to behave the same way.
Maybe there is something to learn from the meanders of the rivers.
Maybe there is also something to learn from it. When our mind is restless, anxious or fearful, it is hard to see any solution to our problems. By practicing mindfulness meditation we learn to control our agitated mind and let it regain its natural clarity.
Maybe there is something to learn regarding humility, acceptance and resilience when the circumstances are beyond our control or have no solutions.
Maybe we can learn that, after turmoil there is always calm.
Maybe we can learn from the waves that, we are also a transient entity coming and going within an endless cycle.
Maybe what we can learn from it is that, when adversity hits you in the face, eventually pain will dissipate.
Maybe we can learn to change our behavior to achieve useful and various tasks.
Understanding, observing and duplicating water behavior can be a wonderful exercise in achieving quiet mind serenity and in assisting others.