Today I’d like to talk about the Path of the Water. I mentioned the path of the least resistance a couple of times in my previous podcasts. How to determine where is the line separating justifiable resistance from excessive force?
I often hear people talking about “being like water” in the context of complete non resistance. But is it really so? If water was such a non-resistant substance than tsunami would not present any danger to people, and it would not cause any devastation like it does sometimes. And we cannot blame the ocean for not being like water. So, is water really that yielding and soft?
Water is one of five elements in Eastern philosophy, and quite powerful one. Lao Tzu said, “water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid a cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”
There are quite a few Martial Arts based on the concept of being soft. The art I am studying is also soft. We will be talking about the Path of the Water in our future podcasts. Today I’d like to talk about being like water.
There are quite a few things we can learn from water, and this is not an easy topic for a short podcast. This can be a life-long journey. There’s a big difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path. So I am not really teaching anything here, I am just sharing my own thoughts to let you know what I’ve been up to lately.
So, here we go…
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