Remember “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey?”
I’d like to share one of my own (far less amusing) “deep thoughts.”
I was hit by a divine notion recently; I don’t have to “do” anything in order to change my life. The changes I want to make will be actualized through non-action rather than action.
By the way, typos in your facebook status are perfectly acceptable in my book.
It’s funny this “popped into my mind” (thanks, God) because I’ve always been intrigued by the Taoist concept of Wu-Wei.
Wu-Wei say what?
Wu Wei is the paradoxical “action of non-action.” It’s the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” in which – without even trying – we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise. (source)
Like a kite in the wind.
Here’s my deal. Maybe you can relate?
My afflictions, addictions and hang-ups complicate my life enormously. I’m constantly doing things I feel I must do when, in actuality, they’re not necessary. They’re habits.
I’m a slave to my vices and routines. I’m getting SO tired of running around to appease this imaginary beast telling me I must run to the store because I cannot survive without Diet Soda or asparagus in the house, I must vacuum every day, I must go to the gym every day…etc.
It’s an exercise in futility. One that never ends.
Sometimes I wish I could go home after work, change into pajamas and crash on the couch. But I can’t. I can’t just… “be.”
So I “do” (all the things I don’t want to do) in order to avoid….being.
I go out of my way to feed my disorderly life.
Nothing will change until I allow myself to rest and be at peace. I wouldn’t have to fight for it. It’s a magnetic pull. I don’t need to “do” anything — other than surrender. To not resist.
Pretty Deep. Huh?
Did that make sense to anyone?