I was on Twitter this morning and a tweet that initially made me smile, then made me think …

In my studies of Taoism, the underlying energy for me is one of flow and transformation – and never a static state of being. Never an empty account, never a full account. Instead, one that could exist within that state of flow.

Those of us in western-focused cultures, are looking for the big win to fill up the coffers. The more the better.

I’m not sure which spiritual teacher said this, and I’m paraphrasing … you can go to the ocean with a thimble, a cup, a bucket and carry it away. The more open you are to receiving, the more you can take away because your container is growing to meet your consciousness. Each time you return, the ocean will always be there, high tide, low tide. An enormous container with a seemingly endless supply.

Today, I felt that the ocean metaphor might not be the right one in terms of abundance – for love, satisfaction, enjoyment, or money. Instead, consider a river. An unending flow toward you that you pass along in turn to those downriver as those upriver passed along to you.

The account doesn’t have to be full because there is always a flow moving through it. In – gratitude – out – gratitude. Like the breath. There is an unending supply of air that we draw in and release.Trying to increase the size of the container to store more and more abundance can lead to stagnation. Like a pond that has no movement. It becomes stale.

I invite you think of the flow of your abundance as a river flowing toward you. Take what you need and allow the rest to continue flowing. Tomorrow it will be there for your needs. Give us this day our daily bread.

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