My thanks to Carl Duffy at Mindful Balance for sharing these words from Stephen Levine. I am enjoying exploring the nature of Water and honoring the Water Element in the season of Winter here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Our original nature is like clear water. Born again into a world of wildly changing forms, though having no essential form of our own, we take on the shapes of the containers we are poured into. We become sons or daughters and are told to think of ourselves in that manner. Acculturated, we bend to the curves of that arbitrary modality. Slowly we freeze into that shape. The straighter and harder the edge the more we are praised as being someone of merit….

But water is water. Melting, it remembers; evaporating, it ascends. When you let go of control of the universe, when you let go of everything, only the truth remains. Your actions come out of the present. There is no force. Fully present. Able to respond, not out of personal desire, but out of a sense of the appropriateness of things. You respond from the flow itself, or perhaps better stated, the flow responds to itself. Letting go of the little mind, of your suffering, is simpler than you think, though it’s the hardest work you will ever do.”

~ Stephen Levine,  A Gradual Awakening

Embracing our Essence. Recognizing the containers we are in. Finding a way to flow around obstacles. Being present to it all. Letting go of thinking mind. Like a river finding its way back to the infinite ocean.

Join me on Saturday January 29th for an online Mid Winter Retreat capturing the spirit of Water through journalling, gentle Yin Yoga, Qi Gong and relaxation.


Photo by Sindre Stru00f8m on

27 comments on “We are Like Water

  1. Such an illuminating way of looking at things. And your photos are lovely…

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  2. Water is so soothing and healing.

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  3. Sharon Lawrence

    Those are profound words. Thanks Val!

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  4. Wonderful perspective on life and how to flow like water.

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  5. Wow! These are stunning.

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  6. Thankfully our design allows those flowing thoughts, a few rapids have to be journeyed but always a calm among them to appreciate its outcome. Beautiful words Val, may we all find that serenity in that flow 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  7. Soothing beautiful perspective _()_

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  8. Beautiful! All of it.

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  9. I found these words of Stephen Levine’s deeply comforting today, Val. Thanks so very much.

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  10. What a lovely quote. It reminds me of Lao Tzu’s “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”

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  11. Water is a lovely metaphor for flow, suppleness, and change, Val. Beautiful post.

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  12. so wonderful Val…and yes water is the element which in nature carries everything together…sending peace and joy🤍🕊hugs hedy

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  13. That’s a truly beautiful passage. Thank you for sharing it 🙏

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  14. Thanks for sharing these wise words, Val. I often think about our spirits as flowing like water–or a river. It’s also interesting to ponder how water can shape-shift.

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