Tao Te Ching – Chapter 30
Practicing this path,
we do not struggle.
To struggle is to invite resistance.
To invite resistance is to create suffering in our life,
and in the world.
Paying attention to the present moment,
we see the things that we must do.
We do them without complaint,
resistance, or second-guessing, then we stop.
We don’t complicate our actions by seeking control or recognition.
Correct action, however difficult,
is naturally focused and effective.
Adding struggle complicates
and does not lead to lasting good.
I’m back again to wu-wei – that wonderful sense of activity, even vigorous activity, simply doing itself. Life is not a struggle. Times of difficulty may arise, even health and life-threatening difficulty. At these times we may feel a sense of struggle, but there is another option. We can develop a mind that relaxes into difficulty and navigates it the way an expert river pilot navigates rapids.
Most of my struggles at the moment are the result of stories I am telling myself about the speed at which things are unfolding. I’m impatient because my mind has been conditioned to believe that delay is somehow dangerous. If I am anticipating something good, delay means that it might not happen, thus leaving me disappointed. But when I struggle to hurry things along, I create resistance and friction in a process that has its own natural way of flowing. I also miss the things that are happening along the way to “what I want,” – things that are wonderful in and of themselves.