Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or under react – David Allen
Can you imagine your mind responding in similar manner? This state of mind is known as “mind like water” and is used in karate to define the position of perfect readiness. Similar phrase appears in Zen literature “Mizu no kokoro”. What is meant by this is to make the mind calm when facing an emergency or an adversary. The calm mind, like still water, accurately reflects all that comes before it.
As we know water is crucial to our survival. If we take a closer look at characteristics of water, we will find that it is more than just a “thirst quencher”, has something to teach us in almost every situation of our life.
Water has the ability to adapt itself totally to its environment. When the temperature gets too high it becomes steam and it changes to ice when things are too cold. It can also change its shape to conform to that of the container. What is remarkable about water is that it manages to maintain its identity under the most varied circumstances.
Water is ever flowing and always manages to find its course. When something comes in the way it goes around and takes the path of least resistance. On those occasions where an obstacle seems insurmountable it steadily gains strength and force until it finally overcomes. No matter how high a dam is built on a stream, eventually the stream overflows the dam.
Calm water is like a mirror and gives a picture of all that is around. Conversely troubled waters only reflect the turmoil within. When a person approaches a problem with calm and composure...
then like the reflection on calm water he sees everything.
The concept is that our ability to be productive is directly in proportion to our ability to relax. The better we’re able to react appropriately to situations and return to a state of calm, the more we’ll be able to get done.
In the current busy life, wherein you have so many things to take care of; your mind is always thinking of all the tasks that need to be completed. In the midst of a mind fully engaged in reminding us of things to remember and of desperately wanting our attention to support us more. Simple tools like jotting down the activities that you have to do on piece of paper, instead of them roaming in your mind can help in keeping your mind empty.
Having an empty mind doesn’t mean you’re not thinking anymore or not able to put together a cohesive thought. Far from that; it means your thinking is a skillful, mindful, meaningful process that you do to move yourself forward in life.
Things are always easier said than done, but imagine an intellect as calm, a will as relentless and indomitable and a personality as adaptable as water.
Empty your mind, be formless, Shapeless like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend – Bruce Lee