(No)Action

(No)Action

The Tao teaches Wu Wei, the action of no-action. A part of this has to do with relaxing, and allowing things to come about in their own time and way. The mind is silenced, work expresses itself.

In a recent Sounds True podcast with Jeff Foster the key topic was Rest. Within the discussion arose a subtopic; the ‘desire’ for Rest. It provided clarity to something with which I’ve struggled for almost four decades.

I’m not going to share the exact nature of my internal conflict. I’ll let you listen to the podcast and absorb what’s meaningful for your current life/spiritual journey. But what I can relate is that a shift has occurred inside whereby there is greater flow of action in no-action.

At the start of my morning yoga I set an intentions. This typically consists of Healing & Balance with the inhalation, and Letting Go with the exhalation. Spontaneously, this morning the exhalation became Rest. I noticed immediately a calm within, into which there was a place to settle and from which movement arose; in other words, a sense of purposeful stability. …The yin and the yang of Wu Wei began to sprout.

Within the attached video, I feel that an energy of silence resonates–in both stillness and movement.

The nature of impermanence promises that this too will change. When I’m no longer living at a cabin in the woods, close to nature, and with limited man-made noise, the rhythm of my life will change. The clarity that is present now will become somewhat ambiguous. But by continuing with my daily practices, and resting in Rest, many aspects of my life improve; meditation, workouts, eating, and how I move in/through the world interacting with myself and others, which further lifts the veils of illusion.

May you be happy*. May you be healthy.

* Chade-Meng Tan defines happiness as “a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind, not of mood, not a feeling or emotion, but the optimal state of being.”