“Muddy Water Is Best Cleared by Leaving It Alone” – Alan Watts

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life

How many of us have found ourselves in the middle of life’s storms and were unsure of how to make it through? How many of us have stared into muddy rivers, looking to find our reflection, only to see a distorted version of ourselves? How many of us have allowed ourselves to be taken by a person’s inconsistency and lost our way in how we allow ourselves to be treated?

They say hindsight is 20/20, and many of us may realize the storms, the muddy waters, and that what we have allowed in our lives may be the product of our own reactions to the events or people in our lives.

Often times, life happens and the invitation may be that we just observe. Observe the storm and the power it holds. Observe the muddy river and the distorted reflection. Observe the inconsistency of others and the agony they create for themselves.

In observing, we allow life to work itself out and give it the opportunity to show us that it knows our heart. In observing, we do not react by impulse, but trust the process of life. The process in which we may appreciate the calm after the storm, our reflection in settled waters, and the people who treat us the way we would like to be treated.

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