There is a concept in Taoism called “Wu Wei”. It is translated as “doing without doing” or “doing by not doing”. Ah, yes, another spiritual paradox (they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!)
Like most simple truths, this one rings true in my soul, and yet, my rational mind argues, how the heck does one “do without doing”.
For my New Year’s resolution this year I set the intention (goal) of “doing more of nothing”. In other words, sitting still for a short time each day and literally not doing anything. I will admit, it’s HARD! I haven’t done it every day, but I have done it more often than I have in the past.
To what end? (You might be wondering)
Well, to me, doing nothing is about allowing. It is about bringing yourself into the vibration of what is.
When we can do this, accept what is, we suffer much less.
Recently I have seen that it is more about bringing doing and being into balance with one another. Too much doing = depletion. Too much being = stagnation. Being in balance is to be in the flow. Much like a river, when you are in the flow, you are moving with the current downstream. To carry this analogy further:
Going with the current = being or allowing. Treading water to keep your head on the surface = doing.
When I first started down this spiritual path, I used to fantasize about removing myself from Western society. All I wanted to do was retreat to an Ashram in India and practice Wu Wei… all day, every day.
But then, Chephren was born. This miraculous being who came through me into the world. He is the reason that I continually choose this life that I am living.
Would it be easier to do without doing in the Ashram? Almost certainly. But I accept the challenge of practicing it here. Now. In this moment.
After all, I have everything I need. (One of my favourite mantras).
Blessings to you and enJOY the Journey,