Water, like all of nature’s primal forces, defines itself in motion and by its place in life’s eternal cycle.

Water nourishes all things. Kuo Hsi, the great landscape artist of the Sung dynasty, referred it as ‘The blood of universe’. In his essay on painting says, ‘山以水為血脈’ or ‘Mountains make water their blood’.

水 shuǐ  (Water) 

Chinese character water

water chinese character pronunciation

The character has evolved over ages. Starting out as two rows of short strokes on bone carvings.

It flows on timelessly, swirling around every obstacle, yielding to the shape and shaping the land. Quoting the philosopher Lao Tzu, as indicated in the visual above:

‘Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.’

So what would it be like if we lived as Lao Tzu suggested, be like water?

Or follow Bruce Lee’s idea. Be effortless, not to be like water, simply just be water!

Here to my shop for the art print.

Other elements of nature can be found via the links here — Wood, Fire and Earth.