Open, Present & Flexible. Would You Rather Dance or Struggle?

 

Co-creation AS Ease

 

Recently I have reconnected with a beautiful book & it's teachings on the Seven Laws of Yoga, and also further translated by Deepak Chopra as the Seven Laws of Success.

Each day we're invited to live into one "law".

A practice of intention as we co-create with life.


Today is Wednesday. The Law of Least Effort


Previous explorations have been:


The Law of Least Effort


Let's explore this terrain together...


Today, we're invited to connect in with the realm of open, present & flexible.

To examine our need for complexity & our willingness to relax in our dance with life.


Often I hear clients say, collaboration is hard. Co-creation? "I know working with others takes too much time and often it'd be easier to do it my self."

Today's invitation offers a view that maybe, it is actually the opposite.

Maybe co-creation offers ease. Maybe it's our natural state to collaborate. Maybe it is harder to "do it alone".

Another invitation that today's law ignites for me is making friends with simplicity.

I know for me, I've perfected the art of taking something simple and making it complex. I've felt overwhelmed many times in life with the volume of "stuff" to be managed. I can over-think, over-rationalize, organize and sort until the cows come home. Many years ago, I was excited & skeptical as I learned about the well known Pareto principle 80/20 rule.


For years I've had this dance with knowing life could be simpler and yet experiencing otherwise. Experiencing layers and layers of duties, responsibilites, struggles to make ends meet etc. This concept of 80/20 felt like a dream. 

As my own journey continued, I discovered the life-altering process of living, called WEL-Systems. This rocked my world and fast-forwarded my considerations of pretty much everything. Then when I connected in with yoga & Ayurveda, I began to tune into my essential nature, my perception of living with life as an empowered co-creator (versus trying to figure it out, resist it, manage it....) began to take root.


A couple of years ago I read the book: Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Bam! This really awoken in me some interesting explorations for how I was relating to mySelf, others & my work.

In particular my dance with saying Yes & No. He offers an approach (particularly grounded in the life arena of work) to design how we think, choose & experience life, where less, actually creates more. 

To learn more, click here to listen to Greg describe his perspective and access a free copy of the first chapter.

The basic value proposition of Essentialism ~ Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.
— Greg McKeown

 

Close to a decade before I'd discovered a MOST delicious read called, The Art of Effortless Living: Do Less, Let Go & Discover Health, Emotional Well-Being & Happiness by Ingrid Bacci.

In this beautiful book through Ingrid's story & practices, we're offered many doorways to explore. Doorways that assist with relaxing more deeply inside of ourSelves & our relationship with our body-mind-emotion system. 


Both of these authors in their own way & from their own life context invite us to pause & deeply reflect on how we're choosing to relate to life.

A worthy exploration for anyone who is choosing to become a Spiritual Warrior.


Our Mantra for today is: 

Om Daksham Namah. My actions achieve maximal benefit with minimal effort.


Mercury

Mercury is the planet often associated with Wednesday. Mercury represents a lot for us. I want to specifically highlight today however, it's cosmic window into our mind, perception & communication.

Often referred to as the messenger of the Gods, Mercury is the character in our cosmic play who supports our expression in the world.

I love Cafe's Astrology snap shot of Mercury's meaning for us

Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both conscious and unconscious sources all need to be coordinated and understood. Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How do we handle nervous energy? How do we express and convey our thoughts? How do we approach others and information in order to learn and exchange ideas?

When we are “acting out” our Mercury, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. On the negative side, we can be high-strung or nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.


In Mercury's dance with our Law today, let's commit to cultivating mindfulness in our communications, perceptions & responses. Like with yesterday's law, practicing the power of pause will be supportive.

 

With that attention, let's practice open-ness, presence & flexibility. Be curious about where this might lead us in our dance with the day's events & in particular with the people we're engaging with.

Today experiment with embodying the mystical laws of: Action & Reaction, specifically in your "relationships". 


The law of least effort brings into focus the innate flow of nature. The wisdom of life that just is.

It reminds me of so many of my reflections to date. Dance with struggle & attachment; expanding my focus & appreciation of living with dharma, rather than being on the hunt for it; relaxing into the flow of my essence and my reverence for life & the choices I make in the cosmic wheel of life.

Law of Least Effort

The Law of Least Effort states that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease. If you look at the ebb and flow of the tides, the blossoming of a flower, or the move- ment of the stars, you do not see nature straining. There is rhythm and balance in the natural world, and when you are in harmony with nature, you can make use of the Law of Least Effort by minimizing your effort and maximizing your effect.

When a Newtonian model of the world predominated in our collective awareness, the principles of force and effort were dominant. But in our modern era, when quantum physics provides the most comprehensive model of how the universe works, there is no place for force and effort.
— Deepak Chopra

Intention

Embody the intention to choose to be open, present & flexible. Choose to accept what unfolds. Trust your capacity to respond. Practice releasing your need to defend.


Back to some more considerations

The Law of Karma governs the second chakra. Which is interesting to me. In many ways I would have imagined it would be the fifth. And as I reflect on the offering it resonates. Such a great reminder for ME to be open to the message.

The second chakra, called Svadhisthana, is associated with creativity in all its expressions. It is located in the area of your sexual organs, and the energy of this center can be used for biological reproduction. When chan- neled into higher energy centers, it fuels the creative force that enables you to paint a beautiful picture, write a novel, play music, build a business, or create a life of love and abundance. 

The color of the second energy center is orange. 

The seed sound for the second chakra is: Vam

It is associated with the element of water & our sense of taste.


This positioning within the body invites us to consider,

  • How am I relating to my creativity, today?

  • How am I making my expression of creativity harder & more complex than it need be?

  • Am I willing to taste the fullness of today?



Invitations  

  1. Practice acceptance. Start with accepting your mind-body, just the way it is. Welcome what you're feeling throughout the day. When you notice you're struggling take a deep breath, soften your shoulders, relax any grip/tension, feel your body supported & smile. As you engage with others, practice accepting them as they are. Be with circumstances as they occur. This is an acceptance of what is actually present. The Work by Bryon Katie is a wonderful companion for the cultivation of this.

  2. Cultivate your capacity to respond. Key skills required for those choosing to become a spiritual warrior.

  3. Be mindful when you feel a need to defend. Take a breath, relax into this experience & consider how else you might choose to engage your precious energy.

  4. Be curious. Practice listening without an agenda. This is a wonderful gift that opens up new territories for you, the other & your work.


Nature is held together by the energy of love, and least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love. When your soul is your internal reference point, you can harness the power of love and use the energy cre- atively for healing, transformation, and evolution.
— Deepak Chopra

Finally, consider choosing one action today, to be more open, present & flexible.

Experiment with opening up to love for yourSelf & others.


So, where to from here fellow travellers?

My invitation is to JOIN me today in exploring and experimenting with great curiosity & compassion the practice of the law of least effort.


Ready to start your journey of empowerment as a spiritual warrior?