Last week my Inspirational & Insightful newsletter was sent out with the subject in the subject line reading “Enter subject here”. As soon as I saw that I just laughed at my self. I thought what should I do to fix it? Should I do anything?
One of Taoism’s most important concepts is Wu Wei. This is often translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.” 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 cycles of the natural world. Simply said, Wu Wei is “going with the flow”, with great ease and awareness. Without even trying we are able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.
So, should I send another email with a correction? Should I email an apology? As I looked at all my options I considered Wu Wei and the value of non-action. By “going with the flow” I am allowing this error to exist and accepting everything is as it should be. Then I thought about the upcoming launch of my new website and how so often, there are minor corrections and adjustments as a new site goes live. If I could laugh at the subject line error in my newsletter I know I will be able to laugh at a few glitches on my new site. Wu Wei is excellent practice for the art of thriving as life unfolds around me! So go with the flow!
We have all experienced times where our patience runs thin. We tense up and may even become aggressive in words or actions. The best example of this is the lack of patience we see while driving. Drivers may seem to become entirely different people when they are rushing to complete errands or make appointments on time. Sometimes these situations are comical however, they show a lack of focus on remaining calm and practicing patience.
I am occasionally an impatient person myself! When this happens I feel the energy building and surging without an outlet. The tone of my voice changes and I begin to lose focus on allowing life to unfold. My inner self tells me to seek calm while my mind is racing ahead. I work with myself to bring back the calm. I stop and think some key thoughts and take actions which give me the ability to become patient. Allowing, whether with myself or others brings on a calm where practicing patience becomes effortless. The following are a few tips on how to stand in your power yet practice patience.
Take inventory of your energy. Where does yours end and others begin? Grounding and centering yourself might make an immediate difference.
Ask yourself, “How can I help” or “Do I need to step in and help?” Helping others to improve a situation, without judging, may bring everyone back into focus and the practice of patience.
How are you feeling? If you are feeling stressed and know you are losing your patience you may find that stopping to take some deep breaths will bring about focus, generate positive thoughts and allow calm to come in. The “Toilet Exercises” are always helpful!
So, breathe and allow! You will be amazed as life unfolds around you as you practice mindfulness and joy!
“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson