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Monday Musings ~ Effortless Effort


As many of you are aware, I’m practicing the concept of  “effortless effort”. I know what you’re thinking. Ha! How hard can that be? Well, actually it takes some effort to find your flow. 580 more words

Spiritual

The Magic of Wu Wei

One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei,  a Chinese term that may be loosely translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.” A better way to think of it, however, is as a kind paradoxical “action of 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 elemental cycles of the natural world. 773 more words

Spirituality

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are: Bite-Size Wu Wei Wisdom - 001

This is a short extract from one of our new Wu Wei Wisdom online teaching webinars on the topic:  ‘tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are’. 814 more words

Authentic Tao Living

Wu-wei

I was talking to an ex-student recently about the elusive Chinese art of wu-wei, or ‘effortless doing’, as it is sometimes translated. It seems to coincide with western cultural notions of ‘flow’, wherein high-performance levels in any given skill seem to correlate with a sort of easygoing disengagement (real or apparent). 267 more words

Language Learning

Stillness and Wu Wei

Stillness

Initially I thought that I would talk about how our ‘beginners’ understanding of stillness would be based on experiences prior to Tai Chi. With this in mind I decided that if I gave you an image of ‘a rabbit in the headlights’ or a child being shouted at to ‘sit still and stop fidgeting’ at the dinner table, you might say, “Yes this is stillness – in fact I often talk of keeping still or holding still”. 1,521 more words

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Journeys in Bangalore

Sharing some pictures and videos from my recent Bangalore India walkabout. Even a pic of me in there if you have been curious. It’s New Years here! 59 more words

Love

Stillness and Wu Wei

Stillness

Initially I thought that I would talk about how our ‘beginners’ understanding of stillness would be based on experiences prior to Tai Chi. With this in mind I decided that if I gave you an image of ‘a rabbit in the headlights’ or a child being shouted at to ‘sit still and stop fidgeting’ at the dinner table, you might say, “Yes this is stillness – in fact I often talk of keeping still or holding still”. 1,521 more words

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