The Supreme Good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It flows to low places loathed by all men.
Therefore it is like the Tao.
It’s been raining like crazy for a week now, and PAG-ASA predicted another week of heavy downpour. I am sure a lot of you are hating the concept of water at the moment as you associate the same with the heavy floods that result from the rain. Coincidentally though, I have this stack of pictures taken along Lake Geneva that boasts of this very element most people in Manila are hating on right now. lol
I managed to snatch an hour to go for a walk along Lake Geneva on my own, before our flight back to Manila. I’ve been wanting to do this solo mini-trip and I was so lucky to have been able to do so, no matter how short of a time. As you all might already know, being alone in a beautiful place is something that I truly, truly enjoy. And this was surely one for the books! 🙂
It was a very sunny day, and people were out either biking, or sitting on the ledge… or strolling, or chatting or reading on the benches…or yes, swimming and sun-bathing in the lake.
There’s no magnificent beach in Geneva, but the crowd seemed pretty happy doing what every Swiss has mastered doing – to chill. 🙂…And that day, I was one of them ^_^
It’s funny how when we are with no one but ourselves, we start noticing the beauty of even the most trivial of things around us… like how these normal green leaves so perfectly complement the blue lake: And how the lake forms a color gradient too:I am currently reading a book which is an annotation of the Tao-Te-Ching (a compilation of the ancient teachings of Lao-Tzu) and it had a chapter on water, or living like water, that is. Since we are on the topic, allow me to share a few parts of it.
Dr. Wyer, the author of the said book interpreted the 8th verse of the Tao-Te-Ching as an encouragement for us all to “live like water lives.”. The Tao (or the Source, the God, the Creator, whatever we call it) and water are synonymous according to the teachings of Lao Tzu. Taoism tells us that the Tao is within all of us. If only ego doesn’t govern our lives so much it would be easier for us to see that we are indeed God-like. For people who seek this inner purpose but is having a rather difficult time patterning their ways in accordance with the Tao or God, understanding how water “lives” might just be a good start.Water is meant to flow – if it does, it stays pure; if it stays stationary, it becomes stagnant. Water does not seek the high spots to be above it all, but settles for the lowest places. Try to squeeze water, and it eludes our grasp. Try to relax our hands and feel it, and we experience it readily. Water maps out nothing and it plays no favorites among the creatures that depend on it. It just flows and flows and it benefits us all incidentally.Lao Tzu, in suggesting that we are water and water is us, means that it is natural for us humans to be gentle, and to allow others to be free and do what they wanna do without so much interference from us. If we hold someone tight, we lose them. If we let them be, we receive love in return. It also means that it is natural for us to treat everyone as an equal. To assign ourselves a place of importance (above anyone else) is to allow ego – the antithesis of the Tao -take over us. Just like water, we are supposed to flow in the lowest places and to just let those found beneath the earth experience our kindness, acceptance, and compassion. By living like water, we forget about fighting our life, or trying to be someone else, but most importantly, we nourish others without trying so hard.
By simply being gentle, and graceful and detached from whatever it is that wants to experience us as we let our lives flow its natural course, we begin living the life that is in harmony with the Tao , and that is all that is essential in this world.I really love that chapter of the book. It resonates so much sense to me. Who would’ve thought that element that we all take for granted can provide so much meaning and guidance? 🙂 Aaaah. Now I understand why water has a calming effect on almost everyone in this world. By experiencing it, we just simply go back to our selves, and to our Tao, and who are we most at home to but our own divine being, right? 🙂
Anyways, as I continued my walk, I chanced upon this alfresco restaurant on the further end of the the Lake Geneve strip:
I immediately knew this was the place for me! There was not much crowd, and the view of the water and the gigantic fountain was superb! 🙂
And there, I had a very satisfying simple lunch. I enjoyed my sandwich yes, but I had more fun gazing through the lake and taking some snaps of this really cozy part of Geneva. 😀
Then all of a sudden a flock of birds resting on the rocks just right below me flew up in the sky all at the same time, and damn, what a sight it was! I would’ve loved to take a photo of the birds playing in the air but I was too busy being amazed! 😀 I knew it was not gonna last long so I just immersed myself in the moment. Lao Tzu would be very proud of me ha! hahaha.
One who lives in accordance with nature
does not go against the way of things
He moves in harmony with the present moment,
always knowing the truth of just what to do.
I will always crave for days like this. It was one of the most effortlessly beautiful days of my life ^_^
That would be all for today! good night!