For many of us, anxiety is a constant presence in our lives. We worry about what others think of us, whether we’re good enough, whether we’re making the right decisions… the list goes on. But what if there was a way to reduce our anxiety and live a more peaceful life?
For many of us, anxiety is a constant presence in our lives. We worry about what others think of us, whether we’re good enough, whether we’re making the right decisions… the list goes on.
But what if there was a way to reduce our anxiety and live a more peaceful life?
I’ve recently started reading a mesmerizing book called Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra. There, he told a story about a person who found a way to get rid of his anxiety. After over 30 years of testing out everything and not having any success. The solution he talked about was non-action. He tried everything to stop his anxiety, but it was only when he stopped trying that it helped.
This concept is dear to me as I already use it for 17 years in my own life. It’s the Daoist concept of Wu Wei, often translated as “non-action” or “effortless action.”
Wu Wei is the idea that we should move through life with a sense of ease and flow. Instead of struggling against the natural order of things. When we try to control everything, we only end up causing ourselves more stress. But when we let go and allow things to happen naturally, we can find true peace.
Non-action can sound like a cop-out, but it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s not about doing nothing. And that’s why I’ve summarised 9 uncomplicated ways how you can practice it to achieve non-action.
Don’t Try to Force Things
It’s easy to get caught up in our own expectations and plans. We want things to happen a certain way. And when they don’t, it can be frustrating. But sometimes, the best thing to do is to let go and see what happens. We are not open to other possibilities when we are attached to a particular outcome
By letting go, we allow room for new options and opportunities. We may be surprised by what unfolds. And even if things don’t turn out the way we hoped, we can learn from the experience and use it to create something even better.
If something isn’t happening the way you want it to, let go and see what happens. Chances are, it will all work out in the end — and even if it doesn’t, struggling against the tide won’t do you any good.