Paradox by Intellect, Mystery otherwise
The action of no-action
Trying not to try
Efforts –> Effortlessness
Indirect benefits driven by inner values developed over time
rowing against versus sailing along
Imposing your will and/or Surrender to your true nature
Individual choice versus Collective Chance
Acceptance of the present versus Resistance to the past/future
Spectrum and Black/White
Bees and flowers; Humans and Nature; the everlasting interdependence
Is your mind controlling the breath or vice versa? Or is there a harmony, a middle ground where mind and breath do/not-do.
For example: Sincerity is an effortless action. If you are not sincere, people can tell.
Your inside feelings must flow with your outside experiences. The interaction and the ultimate surrender.
Taoism emphasises living in harmony with the Tao (a word for ‘way’ or ‘route’). This is known as ‘Wu Wei’ and it is the alignment with the rhythms of the elements both within and outside our bodies. It is a kind of ebb and flow, an effortless surrender to the natural cycles of the world.
He stands upon what is fathomless and walks where no path exists.
The Master achieves success,
yet he never does a thing.
His example penetrates the whole world,
yet no one depends upon him.
People don’t see him as a leader
since he lets them find their own way.
He stands upon what is fathomless
and walks where no path exists.
Chuang-tzu, 7 from The Second Book of the Tao S.Mitchell