“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” - Lao Tzu
The wonder of nature and how easy it looks - the sun rises and sets; the seasons flow; the stars shine; grass grows; fish swim; birds fly.
The fourth spiritual law of success, the Law of Least Effort, is based on the fact that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease, harmony, and love.
When our desires are in alignment with our true self and natural law, they are also supported with ease, harmony, and love and our wishes occur more organically.
This law spoke to me on so many levels. I’ve spent many years muscling my way through life. As a recovering control freak, I am re-learning that seeking control over situations and other people are a waste of energy. I am a work in process but here are the components of this law that continues to allow me to soften my grip:
You are more at ease when you accept things as they are, not as you wish they were at this moment. When you feel frustrated or upset by a person/, remember that you are not reacting to the person/situation but to your feelings about the person/situation. These are YOUR feelings, and your feelings are not someone else’s fault. When you recognize and completely understand this, you are ready to take responsibility for how you feel, to learn from it, and to change it.
Taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Taking responsibility empowers you and gives you the mental space to respond creatively. You look for the hidden meaning, the lesson, and the blessing knowing that all circumstances (good or bad) presents an opportunity to transform.
This is where you surrender the need to convince or persuade others of your point of view. We all know what we resist persists. Soften around your view but stand in your truth. Your truth may not be someone else’s. Tremendous energy is freed up when you stop seeking approval from others and allow others to be who they are. Watch your relationships improve as you do this.
I am excited about the possibility this law offers to all of us as we continue to put these into practice and evolve into the fullest versions of ourselves.
For you Yogis, how to practice this law on your mat:
- Totally accept your body as it is.
- Take responsibility for maintaining balance while exploring the potential of your body.
- Practice flexibility in your thoughts and actions as you move through the practice.