The Tao of mermaid
“Fluid” and “buoyant” are my new loves. These words embody the Tao of Mermaid.
Taoist writers often use water imagery to communicate the power of softness. Lao Tzu wrote that, “Nothing in the world is more soft and yielding than water. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.”
Another water metaphor is that of surrendering to a river, which can effortlessly guide us past the rocks.
These words help me cope with a world that has become both scary and arbitrary. I hope they inspire the best counter-measure in me the next time someone is rude. “Fluid” and “buoyant” tap into my powerful childhood desire to be a mermaid. They connect me to my Piscean nature and magnify it into a formidable force.