The art of not trying

Those who attain on tiptoes don’t refuse to simply receive. Those that rush ahead don’t get very far. those that try and surpass others dim their own light.

Lao Tzu How can we improve once we stop attempting to improve? many people waste our efforts trying to raise our lives with questionable outcomes. They gain information and chase external things while exhausting their bodies, and burdening their minds – only to end up in discontent. The Taoists observed that humans tend to act in ways within which are counterproductive. And in their attempts to alter the natural way, they only make things worse. of those strivings, practices, principles, powers, surely are invented to be told humanity.

But in line with the standard Taoist sages, we should always get obviate all. Why? Because these manmade ideas only remove farther from the natural flow of life. Trying to vary what nature has intended, is like swimming against the stream: it’s exhausting and gets us nowhere.

Behind the ever-changing universe lies a mysterious and undefinable force that the Taoists call ‘Tao’, for the dearth of a stronger word. The ‘Tao’ is all-encompassing, and it’s beyond everything that our senses can perceive. Still, we are able to know and feel the Tao, while we cannot know it.

This symbolizes the tragic attempts by humans to imagine things that are beyond their perception. They use names, categories, they select and discern, but fail to grasp what the universe is truly like. So, they create a deception; an artifice that creates life understandable for humans. But by trying to know, they lose the Tao.

“Five colors blind the eye. Five words deafen the ear. Five flavors make the palate go stale,” wrote Lao Tzu in his work the Tao Te Ching.

So, by arranging colors, notes, and flavors, we’d enhance our perception, but we also limit it, as there’s most more outside of those fixed concepts. the identical goes for the human tendency to create rock-solid rules for everything, to urge the way of control. Again, we limit ourselves by doing so because the planet is ever-changing, and what works today, may not work tomorrow. Also, from the simplest way of solidarity and fairness, people create immense bodies of ethics, moral codes, and rituals, that form an artificial way of life, although the intentions are good: they struggle to make things that job while building their own prisons.

Now, let’s discuss the word ‘examining’. I feel most people are accustomed to the concept that we should always simply ‘act’ and not ‘try’. this idea is closely related to the ‘flow state. During a flow-state one becomes the act, variety of a dancer who becomes the dance, or the poet who becomes the poem. this may be often Wu Wei, a concept that will be literally translated as ‘non-doing’ or ‘doing nothing. within the context of the flow state, Wu Wei elucidates best as ‘effortless action’, because we act in an exceedingly very smooth and painless manner. within the context of this video, however, translating Wu Wei as ‘non-doing’ or ‘doing nothing’ fits best.

Literally ‘doing nothing’ is typically seen as unfruitful, and as a useless way of being, during which there’s no progression. But in step with the Taoists, nothing is farther from reality. After we detain the mind that the universe is in flux and in an exceedingly very state of entropy, we’ll realize that there’s always succession within the natural flow of life.

So instead of implementing force, and exhausting ourselves (which is that the favorite method of today’s culture), we could travel through life way more easily by using intelligence. Because isn’t it so, that such plenty of times, problems seem to unravel themselves? which by ‘taking action’ we regularly make things worse? once we waste our time trying to encourage things we distance ourselves from the natural course. We repeatedly act in ways during which are (according to the Taoists) unnatural and waste our materials and minds doing so.

So, why will we this? Well, it’s lots to do and do with how we attribute value to certain things. for example, when we’re averse to poverty, but desire money and fame, and when we’re averse to being lonely but desire to be a part of something. So we try and eradicate the previous, and increase the latter, while the latter cannot exist without the previous. Also, we predict that it’s necessary to adapt and alter nature-sustained certain belief systems. We attempt to better the world, while the results of our interventions are quite questionable. Now, how can we bring these ancient theories into the fashionable world? in step with Taoist thinking, in what ways can we, synchronous humans, ‘try’, while our efforts only leave us with peanuts within the end?

All in all, nature has created everything with its own characteristics. Nothing is healthier than the other; only judgment makes it so.

Thus, we feel the necessity to vary who we are, just to suit an ideal. White-skinned people attempt to be tanned, whileEast-Asians try to look more European, brunettes try to be blondes, and blondes try to be brunettes. Also, we attempt to change ourselves because we would like to adapt to a manmade standard; to suit in, simply because we’re seen as defects after we don’t. So, a sixth’ finger is suspended, just to suits the five-finger standard.

Why can’t we just be who we are, the way nature intended us to be? that may be most easier. Everyone and everything has its place within the whole. And by trying to alter this, we bring the globe into disbalance.

When people see things as beautiful, disfigurement is made. When people see things approximately pretty much as good, evil is made. Being and non-being produce each other. Difficult and straightforward wholeness each other. Long and short define each other. High and low oppose each other. Fore and aft follow each other. So, how can we put these ideas into practice? The Taoists suggest several things. Following Taoism can improve us for the better.

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