The Flowing River Analogy

The “Flowing River” analogy is a powerful way to remind us of the impermanent nature of our thoughts and experiences. It encourages us to let go of attachments, practice mindfulness, and embrace the continuous flow of life with equanimity and acceptance. This concept is fundamental in Buddhist practice and can be a source of insight and wisdom in our daily lives.

The Flowing River Analogy

Imagine, that your mind is like that of a river. It flows endlessly, winding its way through valleys, over rocks, and under the shade of tall trees. The water in the river is never still, just as your thoughts and emotions are in constant motion.

As you watch a river, you’ll notice how it doesn’t cling to the past or hold onto the water that has already passed by. It gracefully accepts each moment as it comes, allowing its waters to flow freely.

When the river encounters obstacles, it doesn’t resist them. Instead, it flows around them, patiently wearing them away over time. Just as the river doesn’t cling to obstacles, we should learn to let go of the mental burdens that hinder our own flow.”

The Flowing River Analogy Explained:

Learning to observe their thoughts and emotions as they arose, acknowledging their presence without attachment or judgment.  Just like the river, our thoughts naturally come and go.

Applying these teachings to our daily lives, letting go of attachments, practicing mindfulness, and embracing the impermanence of their experiences.

Over time, you will find greater peace and equanimity in your lives. You’ll learned that, just as the river’s flow is natural and constant, so too is the ever-changing nature of your own mind and mirrors the natural world around you. We learn to navigate the currents of life with grace and acceptance.

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Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a fully trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Published Author and the creator of The Thrive & Revive 35 A Mind Training Challenge

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Dhamma Tāpasā is the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas a fully trained and former Buddhist Monk who now Teaches & coaches the Art of Transforming Your Thinking to Transform Your Mind.

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