Have you ever just watched mountain water flow? It is one of the most soothing things for me to do, sitting silently to behold stream water trickling down over pohaku, steadily making its way makai. When we open ourselves to the natural world, we are able to access wisdom beyond words, to patterns that are just as relevant to our personal lives as they are to the governance of the ecosystems around us.
Water holds a number of lessons for us - nourishment, connectivity, and balance. As I was watching the water outside our home the other day, watching it flowing downward towards the ocean, I contemplated movement. One of the amazing things about water is its capacity to make its way anywhere with little effort - the path of least resistance. This ability to exert minimal effort to extend maximal reach is important for us to remember.
How often in life do we choose to make things difficult for ourselves? How often do we decide we must fight against the tide, to swim upstream because that is what is best? How many of us even realize that we are caught against the current in the first place?
The path of least resistance doesn't mean taking the easy way out. On the contrary, it means we understand that there are currents we can either go with or fight against. That there is a flow that we struggle or surrender to. In either case there are processes outside of our control that we engage with in any given moment. Yet how much easier and enjoyable can life be when you recognize that, just like water, there is a path that leads exactly where you want to go?