Being Responsive


What can nature's conservation of energy 
teach us about our reactions?

In mountain snow, nature conserves water for summer's use; 
Summer’s blossoms are planted in autumn to nourish spring.

There is a cycle in nature that allows what we observe today to have a different purpose tomorrow. Everything in nature can be reduced to fuel, food or energy of some type. In this way, nature conserves energy for productive use when needed.

Leaves take in sunlight during spring and summer, yet become fertilizer in the fall. Temperatures change throughout the year to transform water’s molecular structure. Warm temperatures generate faster molecular movement that leads to spring and summer rains. During winter, lower temperatures decrease molecular movement altogether. In its frozen state, water at higher altitudes is conserved as snow for later use downriver. Nature is expresses itself perfectly in time.

When you boil water, the movement of molecules goes so fast, steam is produced. In clouds too, the water molecules develop sufficient kinetic energy to overcome any bonding forces that would hold them together and rain is released as precipitation. In the same way, situations that unfold faster than you can deal with them in the moment - can make you blow your lid. Anger can be how you encounter precipitous events that release a buildup of pressure.

Just as the heat, clouds and rain cannot be separated in their interaction - what causes your anger is not the event, and it is not necessarily bad. In most cases your response was more than the situation warranted. You had already reached your boiling point, and were simmering for some time. The difference between response and reaction is the past attitude you place on present events. Nature’s conservation of energy might inspire you to become the master of your response. An inability to respond appropriately to the time is like a farmer trying to plant corn in the snow.

Be inspired by nature’s laws of conservation to use and release the energy of expression by responding more and reacting less. Explore the difference between the two. Take personal responsibility for the unprocessed energy you carry with you. Ice and snow capture the molecular shape of water in its crystal formation and is actually quite beautiful. It serves as a snapshot of the shape of harmony that can compose your inner core.

Being responsive to the moment and not over-reacting to every event ensures that energy can be conserved and harmonized with life's thrust toward abundance. Anger can serve a purpose if it releases you from your hold on the past. Nothing in life is static however, so it does no good to hold onto anything.

Experience shapes you, but if you have closed off your ability to respond to life, situations often unfold to release you. When you are critical of yourself and others, it is impossible to achieve the type of control you desire. Your idea of perfection is limited by what you cannot see - so let it go. When a leaf is tugged from a branch during winter, it is not a critical gesture. Without letting its leaves fall, there would be no nutrients for its roots. When a river carries dirt downstream, nothing has been lost. The elements that compose our universe today - existed in the beginning. All things ebb and flow, finding productive use of the time.

Trust in life’s gentle prodding for release – nothing is ever working against you. If you derive your self worth by solving problems, you will find a road composed of many problems. In nature there is a time and there is a season for all activity. Composing your inner world allows you to become master of your experiences. Being open, you will discover harmony in all you do.

Great perfection will always appear chipped. Without controlling anything, you can become the master of your experiences.

Explore how anger is tied to expectation and how expectation is tied to the past. Travel below your anger to see how it reinforces a story that does not have to be your future. Nature can remind you how life remains committed to the well being and success of its creatures. How would you know? Because everything you will ever need to survive was already here when you arrived. When you know no boundaries, you will discover no limitations. When you open the doors, you will discover how life has been committed to your success since the day you were born. Nothing is ever working against you. Release whatever has kept you living in the past. Challenges are meant to make your stronger. Own the experience as an opportunity to open, then let it go. Open to the flow and trust that everything is unfolding perfectly to lead you where you need to be.