When you are faced with a problem, obstacle, or something that you want, have you ever considered not acting? Inaction seems very…
When you are faced with a problem, obstacle, or something that you want, have you ever considered not acting? Inaction seems very counterintuitive, and for most of us, it is the last thing that we would like to do. We have been taught that doing nothing is akin to not being invested enough or lazy.
Wu Wei means the action of non-action. In some ways, it is a struggle-free, going with the flow type of attitude. When you are in a state of wu-wei, you trust in the process and naturally act in a way that the situation demands.
The principle of wu-wei is an act of power. When you are in it, you are not being lazy! You are actively trusting that the right response will arise within you at the right time for the right occasion and circumstance. Have you ever had a time where you constantly struggled to produce an outcome that you just had to have? It felt like you were doing everything you possibly could to get what you thought you needed to have. You felt frustrated, tired, and like it was all an uphill battle. And then, all of a sudden, you decided to let go. You entered a state of wu-wei and realized that whatever was going to happen, would happen, regardless of what you did to make it happen.
This week, try to identify ways that you can sink into wu-wei and let nature and your life run its course.
Tasha Richardson, blogger for a beautiful patience, guest posts for the National Runaway Safeline. Tasha was a Public Ally for NRS and dreams of changing the world one thought and positive interaction at a time. You can read more of her work on a beautiful patience and on NRS’ blog.