#53 – Wu-wei

Best translated as ‘non-forcing’ rather than ‘actionless action’ or ‘non-doing’.

Action that arises, unbidden, out of one’s ontological or phenomenological parity with Nature. Effortless, non-forced, non-rigid doing, like the orbital revolutions of planets or perhaps the tropisms of plants.

“The art of sailing rather than the art of rowing.”

 

[see also: Csíkszentmihályi’s ‘flow’]

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