The ability to go with the flow depends on our ability to listen deeply to the voice of our own wisdom in order to hear what life is speaking. We need to learn to relate to ourselves in a way that optimizes the mind’s natural organization and balance.
Learning to “go with the flow” is one of the basic goals of many awareness practices (such as mindfulness meditation). By bringing conscious awareness to life as an ongoing process, we can endeavor to receive life: to open to life instead of struggling against it. We can practice understanding that it is simply not possible to push the river.
When we can go with the flow in this way, we come into greater harmony with ourselves and with reality. We increasingly discover, as Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron famously said, that this moment is the perfect teacher. Life carries us downstream and unfolds without effort.