The essence of the water lily is this–it is born in the water, lives in the water, dies in the water but has nothing to do with water. You sprinkle water on the water lily and the water slides off it and it remains dry. We, too, can learn lessons from the water lily. We are born into this world, live in this world, die in this world but instead of having nothing to do with this world, we want everything that this world has to offer–and we thus suffer from stress and other maladies. If we learn to observe the things, events and people as they come into our existence without being entangled with them (no matter how important they seem to be), then we no longer have the baggage that comes from thinking. We are then free of the story-making that the mind makes and are able to feel the alive presence within our bodies, and this presence connects us with the intelligence of the world–and then right action happens. This is inevitable because the world is an intelligent, living, breathing organism that gives us all that we need and more. We just need to be aware of it. And we can only be aware of it once we observe it without the noise of thinking.