3 Big Lessons Everyone Can Learn From The Taoist Philosophy Of Water
The great spiritual philosophies and indoctrination from the Chinese tradition are something of crucial importance for the people living in this ancient country. The spiritual teachings form a complex religion of beliefs and rules that are being followed by more than a billion people.
However, unlike the Western religions, the Eastern religions are not bothered too much with what lies above, but how to make your life better, become a stronger individual, enlighten your spirit, become one with nature and learn how to live prosperous, long and a healthy life.
Mother Nature gives us the energy of the universe to manipulate it and improve our lives. The Water Thao philosophy worships the power of water. Water represents life- water represents progress and revolution. You can find thousands of scientific researches and proofs that water is the living source on Earth, the water feels the energy (positive or negative) and have a direct impact on humans health.
This is what the famous martial artist Bruce Lee said:
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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.”
Raymond Tang, on the other hand, has a quite an interesting theory and realization. The technology and the dynamic, modern way of life make us anxious, stressed, depressed… He found and interesting way to improve his life and remain strong individual.He finds the answer not from the varying self-help books he had read, but from the 2600-year-old classic text, The Tao Te Ching, particularly the poem of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu describing the nature of water.
From his realizations, Raymond discussed the nature of water in his recent TED talk and laid down three lessons that has been learned by the Chinese for millennia.
“The supreme goodness is like water.
It benefits all things without contention.
In dwelling, it stays grounded.
In being, it flows to depths.
In expression, it is honest.
In confrontation, it stays gentle.
In governance, it does not control.
In action, it aligns to timing.
It is content with its nature and therefore cannot be faulted.”
~Lao-Tzo, The Tao Te Ching
Water flows so peacefuly. It represents calamity and tranquility, but still, sometimes is so strong and the source of all life. Water doesn’t need attention nor recoqnition, water exists of its own contribution to the life of all living being.
How to apply humility:
– Accept that we don’t have all the answers to every question. Saying I don’t know is okay and be open to learning. Asking for help is also a sign of humility.
– Be happy with the success of others and help them promote their success.
– Instead of trying to get ahead, help other people in their journey.
– By being humble, we imitate the nature of water, which is staying grounded and being aware of the environment and the people around us.
Water flows freely and there is no obstacle on its way. Rocks and trees- watter gently flows around them without getting upset, irritated or angry. This is how you should behave, always try to find wise solution, always in a peaceful and pragmatic way.
How to achieve harmony:
– Unless we’re harmonious inside, we can’t find harmony outside. Learn to be harmonious in thoughts, words, and deeds.
– Being in harmony with ourselves is being comfortable with who we are rather than fighting to be the person we think we are supposed to be.
– Finding harmony in ourselves involve not fighting against our nature, rather to flow with who we are.
– We should not force ourselves to succeed and stop fighting with ourselves. Instead, let’s shift the focus from achieving more success to achieving more harmony.
– Let’s not focus on the things we can’t control. Rather let’s work with the environment to solve problems. Nature doesn’t hurry but everything is accomplished.
Water is always open to changes, even radical ones that completely change the way it looks, feels and tastes. Water has the ability to change the temperature, turns into a liquid, solid or gas. Water is extremely adaptable and fits in everything, its flexible and endures through the ages.
How to become open:
– Step up, open up, and get out from behind closed doors.
– We’re called to go beyond our self-limiting beliefs. We must be open to every possibility.
– Be open to learn and unlearn to navigate through the changing circumstances.