Angela McEvitt

The Art of Going with the Flow

The Art of Going with the Flow: Life Lessons from a Lazy River 

“Life is just the way it is, and our job is to navigate it with grace and resilience.” – Sydney Banks

Have you ever spent time on a lazy river, floating effortlessly in an inner tube, carried along by the river’s gentle current?

The water cradles you as you twist and turn with every bend, arriving at a calmer destination without a moment of struggle.

Living life with the same ease and grace as floating down a lazy river can be the key to greater well-being and happiness. As we encounter various challenges and demands, it’s important to recognise when we’re swimming against the current and learn to go with the flow, just like on that lazy river.

Swimming Against the Current

Throughout our lives, we often try to control things that are beyond our grasp. Fueled by our need for certainty, we overthink and overanalyse situations, hoping to anticipate every possible outcome. When things don’t go according to our perfectly laid plans, we swim against the current, expending energy and inviting stress.

Learning to Trust Our Resilience

To step back and let go of our iron grip on control, we must first trust in our own resilience. As we look back at our lives, we see that we have confronted countless challenges and managed to overcome them.

By recognising these victories, we grow confident in our capacity to handle whatever life throws our way. And as our trust in ourselves deepens, the need to control and the habit of overanalysing slowly dissipate.

The Psychological Burden of Foreseeing the Future

The desire to predict the future is rooted in our fear of the unknown. We tie ourselves to a mental post, crafting stories and catastrophising situations that may never come to pass.

These self-destructive patterns lead us down the path of suffering, compounding our anxiety and stress. Learning to let go of this need can help liberate us from the heavy burden that often weighs us down.

Checking Our Direction Throughout the Day

Our days are often filled with moments where we can question the direction of our emotional currents.

Pausing to take a breath, reassess, and ask ourselves whether we’re flowing with life or swimming against it can help us cultivate greater awareness and emotional balance.

By intentionally checking in, we can better understand our own struggles and learn to adjust our behavior to more closely align with the waves of life.

Embracing the Lazy River Approach to Life

Each day is an opportunity to drift gently down the lazy river of life, intentionally choosing to go with the flow. We can learn to navigate our challenges with grace, buoyed by our resilience and trusting in our capacity to grow.

As we practice letting go of our desperate attempts at controlling every little detail, we begin to experience the freedom and relaxation that come with swimming in sync with life’s currents, finding the tranquility we thought was merely a fabled destination.

Our lives are filled with opportunities to grow beyond our fears and self-imposed distress. Drawing inspiration from the tranquil flow of the lazy river, we learn that resisting life’s inevitable changes is rarely productive.

Rather, we should embrace our innate resilience and let the gentle currents of life lead us towards serenity and inner tranquility.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of pausing throughout your day, you can find it here.

Thanks for reading,


Namaste- I honour the place in you in which the entire universe resides. I honour the place in you, of love, of light, of truth, and peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.

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