Last week I discussed the Heraclitus quote: “No man ever steps in the same river twice; for it is not the same river, and he is not the same man”, in terms of becoming comfortable with the changes in ourselves that come from our daily experiences. It covered my take on what Heraclitus was talking about when he said “not the same man”.
Now what about “not the same river” – how do we use that in our daily lives?
I like to think of the river as the flow of knowledge and wisdom I get exposed to every day – from my teachers, my coaches, and also from my clients. There’s an old saying, “there’s nothing new under the sun”, and in some respects, that is true – pretty much all the stuff we are (re)learning these days about a living conscious life is material that has existed in various forms for millennia.
All the philosophical and personal development ‘revelations’ that are coming out now can be traced back to the ancient philosophies. We just hadn’t noticed them before – we weren’t seeing them with the right eyes or hearing them with the right ears.
Have you ever found yourself listening to an inspirational teacher, and thinking “I know this, I’ve heard this before”? Here’s where that “not the same river” bit becomes important: you may have heard it before, but you certainly haven’t heard it ALL before. Each teacher will bring their own unique slant to it, and that might be just what you need for it to click. Or maybe you’ve changed since you heard it last, just enough for this to be the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle of life.
So listen, intently, even if you think you know it all – this might just be the time you hear it that finally changes your life.