From Meditation by Eknath Easwaran

The Buddha would say that most people throw themselves into the river of life and float downstream moved here and there by the current. But the spiritual aspirant must swim upstream, against the current of habit, familiarity, and ease.

It is an apt image. We know how the salmon fights its way along, returning at last to its original home. Those who set out to change themselves are salmon swimming against the relentless flow of the selfish life.

Truly, we need every bit of support we can get: we need friends, loyal companions on the journey. We have to do the swimming, of course; nobody else can do it for us. But there will be an easier and swifter passage if we can swim with those who encourage us, who set a strong pace and will not stop until they reach their destination.

The burdens are shared, easing them; the joys are shared too, multiplying them.


3 Responses to “Salmon”

  1. 1 Kelley M August 19, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I know you put up something that inspired you but by sharing this with me today it has made me love you even more. Keep em coming my love. U make it happen for so many of us.

  2. 3 Geanette August 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    “An easier and swifter passage if we can swim with those that encourage us”… so much truth just in that alone.

    I will be sharing this blog with some of my “encourage(rs)”


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