A guide for achieving an enlightened mind through the art of non-doing Details meditation practices, focused on stillness of the mind, along with Patanjalis yoga methods to maintain a consciousness referred to as being in the zone Builds on Taoist, Confucian, and Hindu principles along with scientific findings to support wu-wei--the art of non-doing, non-forcing--as a way of life Explains how wu-wei practitioners cultivate intelligent spontaneity and effortless action to allow the natural harmony of the cosmos to prevail The practice of non-doing, non-forcing is an essential aspect of Taoism known as wu-wei. Attributed to the great sage Lao-tzu, the philosophy of wu-wei teaches you how to develop a natural state of consciousness not bound by thought or preconceived limitations. Experienced by the greatest artists, athletes, musicians, and writers, this heightened state of consciousness, referred to as being in the zone, is where intelligent spontaneity and effortless action flourish via a practice rooted in permitting the natural harmony of the cosmos to prevail. Merging Taoist philosophy, Hindu principles, and Confucianism along with scientific findings, Jason Gregory outlines the practice of wu-wei as a vehicle to realize our innate freedom, revealing that when we release our ego and allow life to unfold as it will, we align ourselves more closely with our goals and cultivate skill and mastery along the way. Equating being in the zone with a stillness of the mind, Gregory shares meditation practices coupled with yoga exercises from Patanjali that allow you to approach life with a mastery of acceptance, releasing deluded beliefs of how to achieve success that make your mind sticky and poised for conflict. The author shows how practicing wu-wei paradoxically empowers you to accomplish all that you desire by having no intention to do so, as well as allowing you to become receptive to natures blueprint for expressing beauty. Revealing wisdom utilized by renowned sages, artists, and athletes who have adapted being in the zone as a way of life, the author shows that wu-wei can yield a renewed sense of trust in many aspects of your daily life, making each day more effortless. As an avid wu-wei practitioner, he provides keen insight on how you, too, can experience the beauty of achieving an enlightened, effortless mind while reveling in the process of lifes unfolding....
|Title||:||Effortless Living: Wu-Wei and the Spontaneous State of Natural Harmony|
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Effortless Living: Wu-Wei and the Spontaneous State of Natural Harmony Reviews
The concept of the book is wonderful, yet I felt as if though I was reading a textbook. Too difficult for me to understand, couldn't finish it.
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I am a huge fan of Wu-wei, it is one of my favorite aspects of Taoist studies. However, reading this book was not effortless, I found reading it to be a bit of a slog and I honestly cannot put my finger on why. It is filled with philosophy I enjoy but presented in a way that just did not keep my attention. Definitely a case of like what is written but not necessarily how.
Effortless Living tries to redefine the essence of Lao Tsu's book, Tao de Ching, stripping it of layers others have put on it over the years.
WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?
People interested and invested in Tao de Ching and its principles would love this book.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
There is a whiff of commercialism and religion about Tao de Ching and Taoist principles in general in today's world. The author goes to a great length removing Tao de Ching from self-help, martial art, and religious strapping ...more
To bardzo osobliwa lektura i trzeba mieć dosyć specyficzne podejście do życia, aby ją docenić. Dla mnie wartościowych myśli było jedynie kilka, a reszta jawiła mi się raczej jako nawiedzony bełkot. Autor mówi, że należy żyć zgodnie z zasadą wu-wei, ale tak naprawdę nie mówi, jak to zrobić w dzisiejszym świecie - jak żyjąc w zgodzie ze sobą nie popaść w ruinę, nie być bezdomnym itp. Światłe idee, ale jak dla mnie kompletnie oderwane od jakichkolwiek możliwości realizacji. A fragment, w którym czł ...more