“The Amazon River discharges 7,380,765 cubic feet per second of water,” according to World Atlas.
I recently visited Mexico City and during my trip there, we visited The Blue House or the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Stunning as it was, one wall, painted white with words was the focal point for me. The words were, “Perhaps they expect me to wail and moan about ‘how much I suffer,’ living with a man like Diego. But I don’t think that the banks of a river suffer by letting it flow…” [Frida Kahlo]
What does this mean?
To me, it’s the ability to allow the days and moments to pass right through you. The art of non-attachment.
When you were a little kid, you didn’t think about tomorrow’s worries or yesterday’s troubles. All you thought about was the moment you were in.
Then nap time came and the day that you experienced was gone. Washed away like an April rain shower.
This is the same as a river. The waters flow, having the dirt and bacteria continue on until they dissolve.
“Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.” Lao Tzu
It’s possible to heal. But you have to free yourself from the existing trauma that you’re holding onto.
Think of yourself as a river the next time you’re upset, angry, or any negative emotion. Let it come and pour through you. Then let it pass and wash into the water that comes after.
Thanks for reading, ~Stephen