Flow around the Obstacles

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“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” – Crystal Middlemas



There is the story of a young martial arts student who was under the guidance of a famous master.

One day, the master was watching a practice session in the courtyard.

He realized that the presence of the other students was interfering with the young man’s attempts to perfect his technique.

The master could sense the young man’s frustration. He went up to the young man and tapped him on the shoulder.

‘What’s the problem?’ he enquired.

‘I don’t know?’ said the youth, with a strained expression.

‘No matter how much I try, I am unable to execute the moves properly.’

‘Before you can master technique, you must understand focus and harmony. Come with me, I will explain,’ replied the master.

The teacher and student left the building and walked some distance into the woods until they came upon a stream. The master stood silently on the bank for several moments.

Then he spoke.

‘Look at the stream,’ he said.

‘There are always rocks in its way, but does the water slam into the rocks and stop moving?’

No. It simply flows over and around them and moves on! Be like the water and you will know how to face distractions in life.’

The young man took the master’s advice and with practice, he was focused, and executed the most perfect moves.


We don’t always need to stop, notice or contemplate, road blocks or challenges in our life.  Sometimes we simply just need to move on.

41 thoughts on “Flow around the Obstacles

  1. That is the third time that story has come to me. I wrote it in my post from spirit, I read it again in another post and now in yours. I must still be trying to move the rock with something and not flow past. I shall meditate a little more on that, thank you kind lady 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

  2. Karen, a timely post, as I am releasing so much right now. It is freeing to see those rocks in a different way…to flow around. Beautiful metaphor for letting go and moving on, for sure. Thank you. This is a reinforcing message for me today. 🙏🏻❤️

    1. Thank you Rosaliene. 💚 To flow with life, I have had to learn I am ‘one’ with everything, which means someone else cannot be creating my whirlpool or obstacle. It is always in me. 🙏🏻

  3. Wow, this is such a timely message for me as well, Karen, as I seem to be spinning like a top at the moment. Realizing that the best course of action may well be to simply stop fighting… xox

  4. A beautiful piece of wisdom, Karen. Love the quote: “Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” When there is something we wish to accomplish, we need such patience and mindset ~ and I think for as difficult 2020 was for everyone, it does give us the chance to sharpen our focus and keep the path. Take care, and wish you a great holiday season.

    1. I agree and I think 2020 was an opportunity to find all the barriers or walls within us that prevent us from flowing with love. May we all find fewer obstacles and walls as we enter 2021 and I wish you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends too Randall 🌈🙏🏻

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