In response to The Daily Post’s weekly writing challenge: “Ice, Water, Steam.”
The nature of being and the ceaseless change of self are issues that are constantly present. As a practicing Buddhist, many of the teachings I have been exposed to prompt us to see life as a flow of water passing through our perception. Not only does the speed of the flow change, but the things floating by, our passing thoughts. If we mindfully observe this flow we can begin to have an expanded understanding of the nature of ourselves.
Water though, is far more adaptable and clever than we. It comes from many directions and by more than one name. It becomes easy to see the water flow past, though it may take quite a long time to learn the value of the things that pass. The real value of the process comes from learning to see and note the more subtle contents and approaches of the flow. The most beautiful streams and waterfalls in the world, and in our minds, have hidden contents that can be very difficult for us to understand or even notice. Storms and blizzards and glacial movements aren’t always very subtle but they aren’t necessarily obvious to us. Watching the mind as water can be a very useful tool but we must be certain to take into consideration the fact that it is the transformative nature of water that makes it so appropriate for the task. It makes it simultaneously confusing and difficult to interpret.
Obviously the flow we see in our lives will be in constant change and we will have to keep ourselves adaptable and embrace the evolution of the process. Whether it comes to us as a babbling brook or as a hurricane, we must be present.