Every once in a while, (for some, more often than others) there are moments, days, maybe even weeks where everything flows – effortlessly. It’s as if all the stars have aligned, as if all the traffic lights turn from red to green with perfect timing so there is no need to adjust your speed. You are in-sync with the universe, and it is as if everyone around collaborates to support you.
In Taoism, it’s called Wu Wei; it’s the principle of non-interference. Wu Wei acknowledges that to live life, action and interference is required. However it states that when you take action, or interfere with nature, the action should “go with the grain” of life. Alan Watts likens it to splitting wood: when you split wood can you go with the grain? Can you sail, as you would with the wind? With Wu Wei there is no struggle – no fight against that of nature. When one lives the principle of Wu Wei – more, rather is possible.
The forty-seventh yoga sutra postures a very similar philosophy. Using the asana (pose) as a metaphor for life, it states, “asana is a steady, comfortable posture.” We execute or hold the asana and while that requires effort, the objective is to find a relaxed state of being within the pose. Can we be at ease, find a sense of effortlessness, within the action?
The question and invitation this week is to check in with how you are being, wherever you are – on or off the mat. Right now, how are you being? Are you agitated from something moments, hours or days ago? Are you holding tension as you sit, stand or laydown? How much effort is being required in this moment?
Can you close your eyes (likely after you read this paragraph for further details J )... Can you close your eyes and move, in your mind, to a place that feels effortless? A place where you are at ease? Perhaps it’s by a body of water, in an open field, in the mountains or a room you cherish. How do you feel in this space? Can you take in the details? What it looks like? What it smells like? Tastes like? Feels like? Can you breath this place into your body, into every cell and acknowledge how life works when all flows from this place?
As you open your eyes or come back to this present moment, notice how you feel. What would it be to step into the rest of your day or week with this in mind? On the mat, can you notice how you are being in the pose?…Where you struggle unnecessarily? In the last week alone, I’ve already seen the impact. Those who truly integrate effortless action into their practice, those who distinguish their way of being from the pose, found so much more – more strength, more success, more ease, both inside and out.
With love and light,
Rachel (PS to receive these weekly in your inbox, subscribe below! :) )
 The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda