The LAW OF LEAST EFFORT suggests to allow our actions to be and feel effortless, without resistance. To take an example from nature, whose intelligence functions with effortless ease . . . with carefreeness, harmony, and love.
To many of us our days are spent directing most of our energy into trying to control things (many of which we cannot control to begin with), leading us to often struggle against the moment. A lot of the time we spent may seem like a big effort, draining our energy defending our positions and point of views, trying to accomplish things can seem like a continuous struggle, protecting our ego. So much effort goes into this that at the end of the day we may feel tired and drained.
Deepak Chopra reminds us that nature seems to function effortlessly – “grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim.” This insight may sounds simple and mundane, but it reminds us that by observing nature, we can witness that minimal effort is expended to accomplish great things. We are challenged to ask: “What if it is our nature, as humans, to manifest our dreams into physical form, easily and effortlessly?”
The underlying assumption is that when a lot of our waking energy is spend catering mainly to our, seeking power, controlling outcomes, seeking approval from other people, then our energy is spend wastefully. However, if we free some of this energy up by shifting our point of reference, then we could “accomplish much more by doing less”*.
I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
First is Acceptance. This means we make a simple commitment today: “Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances and events as they occur. I know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be.” Why? Because this moment is the culmination of all the moments we have experienced in the past. Struggling against this moment, by not accepting it, means you’re struggling against all that brought you to this moment in time.
Accepting this moment actually means not struggling against the universe, but accepting things as they are, not as I wish they were in this moment. We can wish for the future to be different, but this moment we need to accept things as they are.
For example, feeling frustrated with a situation or a person, remember that we’re not reacting to the situation or the person, but to our feelings about the situation or the person. These feelings, however, are ours and not someone else’s. Once I understand that, then we can take responsibility for these feelings, for the situation, and change it.
This leads to the second element – Responsibility. Responsibility means that I do not blame anyone for this situation, including myself. Having accepted this situation, responsibility then means the ability to form a creative response to the situation as it is now (not as we wish it were).
“Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.”*
More about how responsibility can be used to then use a problem as an opportunity to create a better situation next week.
The Season of Success series
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“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5 (700 BCE)
* “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, 1994