“An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.” – Lao Tzu
Did you know that you actually accomplish more by doing less?
Yes it’s true. Me personally, I have a checklist for everything I need to do today and anytime in the near and distant future, which feels like I have a shit load of things to do all of the time. It’s overwhelming to say the least. I’m sure you moms can relate.
Everyday I look at my endless list of tasks and wonder how will I get it all done. And at the end of the day I see how little I’ve crossed off my list but I also realize that the world didn’t come to an end either just because I didn’t get it all done.
The reality is I could probably ignore half the things on my list, because they either just take care of themselves at some point (meaning someone else will do them) or they will end up not needing to be done at all for whatever reason.
Let me give you a simple example. Most days I struggle with what to cook for dinner. But often it becomes a non-issue. For instance, just ten minutes ago I got a call from a friend saying she was bringing dinner over tonight for me and the kids since my husband is out of town. Hallelujah!!! Check! One thing off my plate and it took no effort on my part.
What I’ve noticed is that this kind of thing happens all the time when I’m not resisting my life and my endless TO DO List.
For instance, I’ll think of someone whose on my list to call and then the phone rings and it’s them calling me. Or I’ll causally think about the dishes needing to be done and I’ll go downstairs to discover my husband already did them. Check. It’s done and I didn’t have to do a thing except answer the phone and dirty up some more dishes for him to do later.
This kind of manifesting with least effort works with other things as well, not necessarily just with things on my TO DO list like when I’m driving and before I arrive at my destination I’ll calmly give thought to easily finding a parking space instead of fearing I won’t find one and magically I’m able to pull right into a spot.
Or I’ll have a meeting or event to attend and I’ll have the thought that I really don’t want to go and then it gets cancelled without me having to come up with some lame excuse for my absence (which I would never do by the way).
Manifesting this way comes from our non-resistance to what is. It comes from our willingness to have things work themselves out and fall into place. It comes from our willingness to go with the flow and let life manifest our desires with little effort on our part.
In other words, living in ones flow is allowing for the natural and nonresistant unfolding of your life.
Deepak Chopra talks about this in his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. He describes the fourth spiritual law as The Law of Least Effort. This law is a principle of Vedic Science, an age-old philosophy from India encouraging us to “do less and accomplish more.” As stated in the book, “this law is based on the fact that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease and abandoned carefreeness. This is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of harmony and love. When we learn this lesson from nature, we easily fulfill our desires.” I strongly recommend reading this little gem of a book to fully understand how this law works and why you need to follow it if you truly want to navigate life with greater ease and less struggle.
I cannot stress enough to you how much our resistance to what is makes life harder and more stressful.
Think about it. Don’t you sometimes find that when you are really trying hard and struggling to find a solution to a problem, the solution takes forever to reveal itself but when you finally let go and stop grasping for a solution that it somehow magically appears?
Another example would be when you are desperately searching for something you lost, you can’t find it anywhere to save your life but when you forget about it, it suddenly turns up. You did nothing to make these things happen. You simply stopped resisting the situation.
When things aren’t happening the way you would like, when you would like, sometimes it’s best to just sit in the void and wait for things to unfold naturally instead of getting frustrated and trying to force the desired outcome.
I know that striving, grasping, and struggling are energies that contradict the flow of life.
You cannot reach your fullest potential through force and struggle. Yes you can accomplish success but at what cost…to your relationships, well-being, and happiness. If something is not unfolding the way or when you had hoped and planned there is probably a good reason the universe is holding back. We cannot see the whole picture. We can only see from our limited perspective.
But when you trust in the divine unfolding of things you don’t have to force an outcome or struggle for a solution. You just know that the answers will come and everything will work out. You don’t have to know how it will work out, you just have to know that it will.
You can also apply this notion of trust and going with the flow to Procrastination which often gets a bad wrap. We often feel bad about procrastinating but there’s more than meets the eye here when it comes to procrastination. It’s not always about being lazy or typical avoidance because we really don’t want to do something.
Sometimes we procrastinate because on a deeper level something within knows we shouldn’t be moving forward with something. Our procrastination then becomes a signal to pay attention to what our inaction is protecting us from. Instead of beating yourself up for procrastinating you might want to trust that its for a good reason that you may not see just yet.
Once again life should unfold with ease and if you are resisting something you should pay attention to why. Just maybe your efforts aren’t needed at all. Just maybe the thing you think you need to do or should do doesn’t or shouldn’t be done at all. Sometimes doing nothing will actually save you from having to clean up a mess of a situation later.
I have to say that this principle of Least Effort is a foundational principle of this blog and what living in your flow is all about.
WALK THE PATH OF EFFORTLESS EASE WITH NO RESISTENCE TO WHAT IS AND YOU WILL EASILY FULFILL YOUR DESIRES.
If we can truly get that this is an essential key to fulfillment and really live it, life would be a lot easier and sweeter. We don’t have to be burdened by life, struggling to get ahead, spinning our wheels but getting nowhere. Life meets us where we are. If you’re struggling, life will struggle with you. But if you relax and take it easy, life will flow with you and you will accomplish so much more of what is really important with less effort.
1. Pay attention to what you are resisting or struggling against and then give up the struggle and let it work itself out.
2. Practice the “do less and accomplish more” principle.
3. Leave a comment below and share how you will relax and give up the struggle.
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Take care of you,