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Life moves quickly, changes often, is not always peaceful. Life is fluid. Life is like water.
And yet so often I approach life with my western mindset and my analytical mind, as though life were a rock. I am in the habit of thinking of life as something solid and approachable, definable, able to be categorized and controlled. I set my expectations firmly and in a way that is bound to be shattered by the reality of life's ever-shifting nature.
Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, once said, "Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it."
Water, as it turns out, is stronger than rock. Enduring, calm, peaceful, and ready for anything. I want to shift my thinking so that it is more like water than like rock. So I see the world as it is, and don't cling to the way I wish it would be.
How does yoga help you shift your thinking so that you approach the world with flexibility instead of resistance?