The Way is ever without action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
Lao Tze Tao te Ching Aphorism 37 (1)
No matter our original goals and intentions in beginning our Yoga practice, the journey and destination may bring surprises along the way. As with anything worthwhile, when seeking something new in our lives challenges and obstacles will be there along with the successes and triumphs. Sometimes all this can seem to be more than we bargained for.
Letting go of rigid expectation and being relaxed around the natural resistance to change can allow us be more comfortable amidst any of these challenges and helps up be even more open to the gains and triumphs. We can let go reactivity in our action, the need to do something about everything no matter whether necessary or helpful. We can cultivate the quality of patience, allowance and trust in self and all that is unfolding.
Taoist sages called this way of being with experience “Wu Wei” or non-contention.
Author Elizabeth Renniger describes Wu Wei as follow:
“Wu wei refers to 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” that is characterized by great ease and awareness, in which — without even trying — we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.” (2)
We can enjoy the journey with more trust and comfort when where are able to accept what is happening as it is happening on the journey. When this happens we can align ourselves with something greater As hard is it can be at times to let go of the need to control our lives, sages such as Lao tze teach us that doing this can offer great reward.
I hope the following is an inspiration and support to your commitment to begin and continue on your own journey with more trust, comfort and ease amidst its challenges.
Be soft in your practice.
Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.
Follow the stream, have faith in its course.
It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there.
It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it.
Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.
Shen Yen Buddhist teacher,1931-2009 (3)
1) From Taoistic.com The Tao theme of Wu Wei-Non-Action
2) From ThoughtCo.com, Wu Wei The Taoist principle of Action in Non-Action by Elizabeth Renninger
3) From DDMBA website