Taoism is the philosophy of Flow.
Out of it came Wu Wei, the philosophy of effortless action or the action of non-doing.
Like soft can change hard - water can carve a stone - often it makes sense to go the "easy way" / with the flow, instead of against it, which can suck out all of your energy.
The Way of the Tao is to "give in"/ go with the flow in the right moments and give your own impulse in the right moments.
A togetherness which complements each other - instead of against each other, as always standing against the river or giving oneself up by simply playing dead man.
It's the art of acting in the right moment with the right impulse to redirect and use the flow/energy - and if it's not the right moment, non-acting!
By forcing, striving and control you might get the job done but at the same time you spend way more energy than necessary and possibly suffer from collateral damage.
In the state of flow one approaches a task intelligently, knowing when to act and when not to and finds a balance between action and non-action.
Not too warm and not too cold.
Tao is kinda like the golden ratio between fear and boredom.
And the art of not forcing.
The Tao that can be described is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be spoken is not the eternal name
~Lao Tzu, Lao Te Ching, Chapter 1.
You can feel the Tao and live with it but never really grasp it fully with your rational mind.
You also don't need to, cuz you can feel it.
Basically it's about:
-Achieving stillness of mind
-Balance/ Equilibrium of Action and Non-Action
-Not-Forcing/ Not-Controlling - Letting Go
-And sensation of striving in order to open ourselves up to the impact of the universe
-Feeling and going with the Flow
This stillness of mind doesn't necessarily mean that we sit down somewhere, with our eyes closed, doing nothing. Like classical meditation
The Taoists observe that stillness of mind can be combined with action.
And if we are completely in the present moment, our actions will be effortlessly, without friction and accompanied with a rasor sharp focus.
So much so that it's almost ecstatic.
Meditation becomes a normal state, imagine: the Taoist does not need silence, sitting, closed eyes or anything else to meditate - he is in pure action, for example a samourai in a fight, and meditates at the same time.
The silence is within him... despite the fight - inside he does not act, but outside he does - the tightrope act between acting and not-acting.
This goes one-in-one with Wu Wei, effortless action - athletes also speak of as "the zone".
When athletes are in "the zone" they engage in action without striving/ forcing and move through time and space almost effortlessly.
Without thoughts, worries, fear, control, force everything seems to flow.
Appears to me as if Taoists have already known about and implemented knowledge in their lives, which we now get through modern science like quantum mechanics or orgone.
Quantum mechanics teaches us that by just having the wrong perspective or aim, you can try as hard as you want, you won't achieve what your heart (not ur mind) really wants.. and won't be happy - even if you think this should make you happy.
Quite the opposite, it makes you vulnerable for distraction - which also won't make you truly happy.
You can force it anyway - but that won't change anything.
Taoism also explains this - but is simply a few thousand years old..
I've already posted an article about how Quantummechanic debunked Materialism and am also going to post one about perspectives soon.. :)
Let the combination of spirituality and science bear fruits! ;)
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