When water flows continuously, it is fresh and invigorating. It gives sustenance to all living things. When it stops flowing, it becomes stale and stagnant. Various objects get trapped in it so it becomes murky, even toxic. The same is true with our body’s energy. When it is able to move freely within our body (whether it is joy, happiness, anger, sadness, etc), it refreshes and invigorates us. But when we hold on to it by identifying with it and adding stories to it, it becomes pain that is trapped within our body. We become entangled with the story, the stress, the drama. We impose our rigid expectations on people and situations. This rigidity cuts us off from the life force of the universe. Our body becomes brittle and weak due to the constant onslaught of pain.
The way out of pain is to observe it without any judgment. We allow it to be there so we are not reinforcing its energy. We surrender to it and feel it dissipate and flow out of our body. This makes room for the energy of the universe to flow in. We open ourselves to life and let it work through us. We are able to feel the invigorating energy that refreshes every cell of the body. This force also operates outside us so we feel connected with other beings that meet. We feel their true essence and are able to relate to them in a genuine way. We become alert, present, flexible. Out of this state of awareness comes the answer, the solution, the right action.