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Trusting the Flow


"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.

Let the way things are, be the way they are.

Let things flow naturally forward.

In whatever way they like."

Lao Tzu

All of us are familiar with the old saying, Go with the Flow. This flow, which has also been referred to as the Tao - the Universal Intelligence that is unfolding our lives (along with the entire play of the Cosmos), is always moving downstream, on the path of least resistance. Yet, sometimes we can find ourselves going through challenges in our life that test our ability to see that this Flow is always happening for our highest good. Perhaps it's a relationship that ended unexpectedly, a business that failed, or an unexpected illness that has left us with a feeling of being let down, or even depressed.

During these times we can find ourselves resisting and struggling against the Flow; while filled with anxiety and fear over what might happen next. Yet, how many times have we been through a period of adversity in our lives, only to find that, when all is said and done, everything has worked out for our highest good? The failed relationship leads to finding the love of our life, the lost job becomes doing what we are passionate about, and the unfulfilled desire turns out to be a stroke of good fortune.

Trusting the Flow of Life means that we let go of our habitual tendency to resist the challenges we go through, and instead, cooperate with the Divine Intelligence that is unfolding our lives, knowing that everything is always happening for our highest benefit. As we do this, we find that the more we 'move with' the current of our Life, and the direction it's going in, the more the Flow will take us exactly where we need to be at the time we need to be there. When we begin to trust that the Tao knows better than we do, where we need to go, then Life becomes a delightful play that always works out exactly the way it's suppose to work out. All we have to do is breathe, relax and trust the Flow.

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