3 simple life lessons you can learn from water

Simple Life Lessons: Tao Te Ching verse 8 week 10 Saturday Morning Mastermind

3 Simple life lessons water can teach you

I love simple life lessons! Don’t you?

Over the past few years it’s amazed me how many insights I’ve gained from simply observing nature.

The 8th verse of the Tao Te Ching talks about water and the many simple life lessons you can learn from it.

Here’s what I believe are the 3 most important life lessons you can learn from this verse of the Tao.

Simple life lessons number 1: Bless the world by just being you

“The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.”

Be like water. Just flow. Just be YOU.

Water doesn’t work hard to take care of everyone. It simply flows.

Be the best version of you and everything and everyone will be taken care of too. You don’t have to try as hard as you think you do. Simply be you.

A river doesn’t try to care for all the creatures living in it or all the plants being nourished by it, it just happens because water is perfect, all on it’s own, just how it is. Just like you.

It doesn’t intend to provide sustenance to the animals and plants. It has no plans to irrigate the fields; to slake our thirst; or provide the opportunity to swim, sail, ski, and scuba dive. These are some of the benefits that come naturally from water simply doing what it does and being what it is. ~ Wayne Dyer from Change your thoughts, change you life

When you stop worrying so much about what you think you should be doing or how you think others expect you to be, and focus on just being the most amazing you you are capable of, everything else naturally falls into place.

Simple life lessons number 2: Treat everyone the same

Just like water has no prejudices, neither should you.  Water doesn’t care if you are the president of the United States or a blood sucking mosquito. It treats everyone and everything the same. It naturally gives to everyone equally.

Be careful not to assign yourself a place of importance above anyone else.

Be receptive to everyone. Make a special effort to have acceptance, gentleness, and kindness course through you to others.  ~ Wayne Dyer

Be like water. Just go with the flow. When you treat everyone the same, you create more harmony in your life and the lives of others.

Simple life lessons number 3: No matter where you are, YOU can make a difference

You can impact the world no matter what you do in your life.

Water is everywhere. It effects all things in all places.  From the lowest, deepest, darkest reaches of the earth to the highest top of the tallest mountain, it benefits everyone, sustains all things, and nurtures life everywhere it goes.

Where ever you find yourself, what ever job you do, you can positively influence the people and world around you.

Whether you clean bathrooms,  serve fast food, manage a 100 employees, or are a billionaire philanthropist, you can make a difference to the people you come in contact with everyday.

See yourself like water and naturally treat others in a life nourishing way and you’ll effortlessly be working to make the world a better place for all.

Over to you. What do you think? What other simple life lessons can you learn from water?

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This is week 10 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of “Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

Read Chapter 8 – Living in the Flow

Then Meet us here for a LIVE discussion February 20th at 10am EST


Read the verse and chapter 8 of Change Your Thoughts, Change your life then tell us what simple life lessons the Tao Te Ching is trying to teach us about living in the flow.

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  • Donna Allen

    Love this content Samantha! I repeat from above ” Just like water has no prejudices, neither should you. Water doesn’t care if you are the president of the United States or a blood sucking mosquito. It treats everyone and everything the same. It naturally gives to everyone equally”.

    I have no desire of being anything or anyone but simply being me! If feels like I lived this verse before I ever read it ( Smile) .

  • Excellent insights Samantha! I Love Simple lessons but they aren’t always easy! LOL I have certainly gotten better at just flowing but I still have my moments! At least I remember to tell myself to flow during them though LOL I Love waters persistence. It always finds a way around, between, or even through with time. Water gives us life…like the Tao or Mystery.

    If you haven’t seen Dr. Emotos work with water be sure to check out this video! https://youtu.be/EIOx7i7MkY8

    Knowing that we are primarily water, just imagine what we do to ourselves daily with our thoughts and what we expose ourselves to. It really makes you more mindful! Can you see your bodys geometry changing when you are not being kind to yourself or someone else?

    This must play a part in our ability to make ourselves sick or well with our thoughts. If you “believe” that being around sick people will make you sick, you will probably get sick after running into a few of them…but consider the millions of healthcare workers out there that work around sick people all the time. Are they always sick? No. So obviously that theory isn’t always true.

    Being able to “flow like water” (Love you Bruce!) is also a belief. Being unstoppable, a belief. Being a victim, a belief. These thoughts (thought enough times to become a belief) have the ability to literally program our bodies composition! No wonder Laughter therapy works!!

    Thank goodness epigenetics finally proved what we already knew, it is not genetics but the environment that the cells reside in that determines disease…in this case the water of our bodies! Have you ever heard it said that emotional and verbal abuse is worse than physical because bones and bruises heal? There might be a lot more truth to that than we know!

    It puts a whole new spin on Loving ourselves and learning to flow rather than letting ourselves be drawn into the constant stress of stagnation. Just as water must flow to remain pure, as beings of energy and water so must we always be in a constant exchange with the Multiverse.

    • Yes, it truly is thought provoking to say the least Katherine!
      Imagine the effect we would have on our entire planet if we could simply shift from a world filled with fear and hate to one filled only with love, harmony, and peace.
      Not only would it be a more happy place but it would be healthier too!

      What if we brought to mind this simple experiment before every single interaction with our friends, family, or anyone we come in contact with every day.

      If you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that your words and thoughts could have an actual damaging effect on both you and the other person, wouldn’t you choose your thoughts and words much more carefully?