Be like a River

Be like the river flowing, forever changing, moving, reflecting all that surrounds and gazes into her flowing features. Simonette Vaja

A Greek philosopher of Ephesus (near modern Kuşadası, Turkey) who was active around 500 BCE, Heraclitus propounded a distinctive theory which he expressed in oracular language.

B91[a]. potamôi … tôi autôi …

It is not possible to step twice into the same river according to Heraclitus, or to come into contact twice with a mortal being in the same state. (Plutarch)

Heraclitus(c. 500 bc), Greek philosopher. He believed that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion, everything being in a process of constant change.

More recent author/philosopher Paulo Coelho writes “Life is like a River”

A] We are always doing things for the first time. While we move between our source (birth) to our destination (death), the landscape will always be new. We should face these novelties with joy, not with fear – because it is useless to fear what cannot be avoided. A river never stops running.

B] In a valley we walk slower. When everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more open, fuller and more generous.

D] Stones should be avoided. It is obvious that water is stronger than granite, but it takes time for this to happen. It is no good letting yourself be overcome by stronger obstacles, or trying to fight against them – that is a useless waste of energy. It is best to understand where the way out is, and then move forward.

I recommend this when dealing with difficult and dominating people. Best to move around them and make your own way, overtime you will meet other like hearted Souls to journey with and collaborate with. Paulo Cohelo goes on to write:

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.

Tao Te Ching. Flow Like Water

Verse Eight

True goodness is like water. Water's good for everything. It doesn't compete. It goes right to the low loathsome places, and so finds the way. Verse 2

The wisest person

Trusts the process,

Without seeking to control;

Takes everything as it comes,

Lives not to achieve or possess,

But simply to be

All he or she can be

In harmony with Tao

MindHealthHarmony Faciliator training skills, I invite participants to adopt this approach when leading their groups. When you are in your leadership position, never direct by manipulation, or being clever, or intimidating, or from a “Big” Personality, or reducing other people to “followers”. Rather when you are a leader, practice being open and compassionate, listening deeply and wanting the best for each person.

Mind Health Harmony Facilitators lead with a new combination of talents: Cooperation, awareness of the cycles, courage, caring and supporting. Recognising that separation occurs when egos are vying for center stage and knowing the danger of people blindly following charismatic leaders.

MHH Facilitators affirm a wisdom beyond competition, to a leadership of caring and humility.

When Tao people lead and the work is accomplished, the people say, we did it ourselves.” Tao

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