Lessons of the Rushing River
reason why the sound of a river or a creek calms your soul. Even
the sight of it calms you. It is because the river has come to
teach us all one of the most powerful lessons on earth: No one's
words or thoughts can derail us from our goals. No demon above
nor below can stop you from attaining the heights you seek.
The river is
a great teacher.
every high school bully, every negative person who sincerely
wants the worst for others and have them congregate around the
river. Then, have them look downward into its clear moving water.
As they look down they can see their faces looking back up at
them. They begin chanting at the river with every fiber of their
mind and spirit:
not good enough." "You'll never amount to anything;
have you proven yourself before?" "You're wasting your
time, you'll never make it." "You're an idiot for
thinking you can." What other negative things might
they be saying?
while all of this profound negativity is being channeled toward
the river, it continues to flow. The river moves no matter what
the atmosphere. If it's raining, lightning or grey - it moves.
The river channels all of its mind, body and spirit into the
direction of its dreams.
river goes through a break up with its beloved - it doesn't stop
moving. It flows. It's relentless. It's wise. Since the
river is always flowing and moving - do you think it's never in a
bad mood? Wrong again - of course it gets in bad moods. It just
moves in spite of them. It moves. It moves. It moves.
The river also
doesn't take pleasure and often feels pain when others project
their negative viewpoint on it. When this occurs, however, the
trademark sound of babbling, rushing water continues,
It's hard to
believe, but the river worries sometimes too, just like you and
me. Except you would never know by looking at it, as it never
allows itself to become stagnant; it's a rushing river my friend!
It opts to run on the wisdom of its inner being and not be
handicapped by some toxic emotion that would have it flow
Also - the
river blames no one. It takes full responsibility for its
shortcomings in the past. It realized long ago that meditating on
what it believes made it fail to live up to its potential has
only led to its turning into musty canal water where slimy, green
you can be certain of about the river is that it never dwells on
the past. Ever. Do you hear the sound of the water rushing over
the rocks? Tell me... when you hear the babbling water, when are
you hearing it; in the past or the future? Neither. It's only
possible to hear this precious sound in the now.
river channels all of its mind, body and spirit into the present,
it has no room to dwell on the past. The river understands by
letting go of the past entirely, allows for its potential in the
present to reach its absolute zenith. If the river was to dwell
on the past, it would lack the energy to flow and create its
It should be mentioned that I was sitting by the river a
few weeks ago and sparked a chat with it. I said, "Tell me,
River, how do you do it?"
matter what obstacle comes my way, be it mental, be it physical,
I'm going to direct my flow in the direction I want it to
We all can take away great wisdom from the river. It personifies
the truth that moving while challenged is at the core of what
wisdom really is.
"A Rushing River the
Ultimate Metaphor to a Wise Life"
by Bamboo Forest