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Upstream or Downstream?

“Row Row Row Your Boat
Gently Down the Stream
Merrily Merrily Merrily Merrily
Life is but a Dream”

I love this nursery rhyme, which I only came across in my adult years. It’s a wonderful metaphor on how to live life. Just imagine canoeing or kayaking on a river. Feel the effort and energy expended in rowing or paddling upstream. Now feel what it’s like going downstream, perhaps one can even rest the oars, no need to paddle. Effortlessly flowing downstream…

For the majority, life is a struggle. However, it need not be a struggle. By turning within and getting in touch with our inner self or our inner being, we can tap into resources that we are not aware of. Our gut feelings can assist us with flowing downstream rather than going upstream. We are constantly rushing, dwelling on the past, worrying about the future and very rarely do we focus our attention on the present moment. We only have moments and life is a series of experiences in the moment.

Esther & Jerry Hicks (The teachings of Abraham) in their book “The Astonishing Power of Emotions” describe how by tuning into our emotions, we can gauge whether we are going upstream or downstream.  When we are mindful, we become aware of our feelings, thoughts and body sensations. Mindfulness  practice does require effort, however, it is well worthwhile practising, as there are many benefits including how to learn to flow downstream!

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