The way of effortless living is a paradox of life. The only effort we need to make is the effort to relax. We labor to enter into rest. We strive to let go and relax. The only tension we need to maintain is the least amount necessary to release energy for action. Usually it is the slightest amount we need in order to move effectively.
When we talk about doing, we mean excessive effort which is excessive tension. Excessive tension always leads to inefficiency and mistakes. Effortlessness does not mean no effort but it means effort without struggle. Nondoing is effortlessness. In practicing the way of nondoing something is shed everyday. That something is excessive effort and action. Less and less do we need to do until when nothing is done, nothing is left undone. Our actions are non-acting actions. This is known as “zero effort”, maximum results.
Relaxation involves the ability to live fully but without struggle. The more you relax, the more you flow.
There is no proven relationship between being in a rush and being vocationally successful. Being in a rush has no relationship to getting things done, even though the person who is in a rush may think so. We may not be aware of it, but when we tell ourselves we have to rush in order to succeed, we lie. Highly effective people master the illusion of being chased by time. The more haste you are in, the more mistakes you make.
You can tell how well a tennis player would do on the next point by noting how relaxed his body and face were. He monitors his mental and physical state and works to achieve a quiet mind and an alertly relaxed body. He knows that these are synonymous with concentration and confidence. He knows that moment by moment poise creates the proper conditions for achieving a maximum result with minimum effort. He doesn’t give his desire for the goal greater importance than the process he uses to achieve the goal. He knows that if we keep on thinking about where we want to get to, we lose our ability to be one hundred percent involved with what is happening.
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