flowing water scape

Water teaches the wisdom of Tao:

It takes no pride in sustaining life.

Live near the flow.

Let the mysteries of life wash over you.

Be transparent.

Give part of yourself to everyone,

And remember every part is whole.

Allow natural order to lead the way

And do what must be done.

Do not fight the current,

And your head will remain above water.*

~ Lao Tzu


Let us all drink more of it, and embrace water’s wisdom.



*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 177-186). . Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

28 comments on “* Tao Wisdom – Water

  1. “Do not fight the current.” Wonderful words of wisdom. Thanks, Val!

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  2. These are wonderful words of wisdom to share Val. Thank you.

    I was thinking about water as Beaumont and I walked on the ridge above the river yesterday — what struck me was how it sparkles in the sun, but when we, the humans pollute it with chemicals and all other matter, it will lose its sparkle.

    Have a blessed week.

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    • Thank you Louise. Its easy for the sadness to come in when we face the damage that humans can do. Makes me appreciate the beauty that still remains for us to be alert to 💛


  3. I like that! Water is totally my element and this is a great list – love Tao!

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  4. Water fits in any container, adjusts to any environment

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  5. A few lessons I’ve gleaned from the wateriness of water:

    * Life is a flow of change ~ events shape our lives as running water shapes a stone.
    * Nothing lasts forever ~ even soft flowing streams erode the hardest boulders.
    * Be patient ~ a bucket is filled drop by drop.
    * Accept the “what is” ~ pushing the river won’t alter its flow.
    * A still pond provides a clearer reflection.

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    • So much good wisdom here Nancy. Thank you for sharing it as always!
      Water is such a powerful metaphor and guide for life 💦


  6. Love this,Val. I savored it! 🙂

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  7. Love the Tao Wisdom and your reminder to flow with life. Thanks Val.

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  8. Lots of wisdom right there! Going with the flow is not heavy because water carriers the weight 🙂

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  9. Carol Ferenc

    My favorite line: Do not fight the current. A very valuable life lesson, Val.

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  10. I can float along with this one, Val. Lovely!

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  11. This is worth coming back to again and again Val! Blessings to your radiant heart. Sharon x

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  12. Pure delight.. I drank it all in dear Val. ❤

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  13. Love this wisdom!

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