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“Imagine a beautiful and wild river. As you travel down it in your boat, you encounter fearsome rapids and long reaches of calm water. Rain pelts down on you chilling you to the bone and the sun warms you like a snake on a rock. At night, the forests along the banks, which were so beautiful by day, can become dark moving shadows, mysterious and unsettling. The river has so many faces, boring and exciting, beautiful and treacherous. It goes on and on ever downward, never revealing its final destination.
The river is your life. The boat, which enables you to navigate the river, is your thoughts . Now imagine you come upon a tranquil glade by the river-side. You pull your boat to the river bank and tie it securely to a tree. You sit in the glade and focus on the present, filling your heart with peace and calmness. You can hear the river gurgling nearby but now you do not have to think about it. If you do have a worrisome thought about the next rapids or rain storm, you can put that thought into the boat knowing it is securely tied to the bank and is safe. You can allow yourself this present moment on the bank in the sun, knowing that life, with all its beauty and challenges will be there when you return.
When you return to the river, it will be with new calmness which will not only help you better navigate the rapids but also appreciate the infinite beauty around you which so often is missed.”
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