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Embracing Ease and Effortlessness

Posted May 23 2013 12:02pm

One of the secrets to being happy is to stop struggling with life. To allow things to unfold as they will. That is not to say you can’t want certain things – of course you can. But you don’t always have to bust a gut to achieve those things (and of course you can still be happy even if you don’t achieve them).

A better way is to set the intention for what you want, be open to all sorts of ways of that coming about, and then take inspired action.

There’s a difference between inspired action and hard work. And it has nothing to do with laziness. In fact, somebody who’s taking inspired action to achieve their goals could be working quite hard indeed. But, if it’s inspired, and coming from the power of intention, it usually doesn’t feel like hard work. There’s pleasure in the process.

Hard work, by my definition, is work for the sake of the end goal. It’s when enjoying the journey doesn’t figure much, because the destination is the real focus. I know it’s important to have a destination in mind – otherwise we could wander around aimlessly for years. But we don’t know how long we’re here for, and we’re not guaranteed to arrive at our destination.  This is why it’s so important to experience joy along the way, rather than postpone it until we get to where we want to be.

Besides, you are going to encounter detours along the way, whether you like it or not. If you’re too focused on the end game, you’ll get upset, frustrated, and anxious about those detours – states that detract from your happiness.  Resisting them will create a mindset of struggle.  Embracing them will create a mindset of peace.

Besides, detours aren’t necessarily a bad thing.  Sometimes they lead to a new – and even better – destination than where we were originally headed!

Least Effort is one of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success :

“Least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love… when your actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of energy. When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates.”

According to Chopra, miracles are the expression of this law, and he recommends the following practices to apply it:

•  Acceptance ~ Accept things (people, situations, circumstances, events) as they are in this moment, rather than focussing on how you wish they were.

•  Responsibility ~ This is actually not about blaming yourself (or anyone else), but about focusing on your ability to choose your response. It’s about recognising that every “problem” in your life presents you with an opportunity for growth. It’s about choosing to remain alert to those opportunities and transforming the situation into something of greater benefit, for yourself and for others.

•  Defenselessness ~ Let go of your desire to be right, to be viewed by others as being right, or smart, or wise.  Be open to other points of view, be open to changing your mind, and be unconcerned about how others perceive your thinking.

Least effort is the path of non-resistance. And resistance is a seed for unhappiness.  Let it go.  Allow life to unfold as it will, and roll with it. Even if you don’t like what’s happening in the moment, your overall wellbeing will be enhanced by the lack of struggle.

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