Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 22, 2010

Tai Chi Doing

In tai chi and taoism, we hear a lot about the art of wu wei, or of non action. It is a philosophy of yielding, the soft overcoming the hard, of acceptance, and other virtues such as fortitude, perseverence, and forebearance.
The I Ching explains further that non doing means not acting out of the ego, or acting to the inferior emotions.

So what does a tai chi person “do?” In a sermon by a Father Wade Menezes, I heard this phrase, which he quoted from one of the saints, and unfortunately, I’m not sure who, but here it is:

Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, and how it is supposed to be done.

We can expound on it, but it stands alone as such a wonderful sentence for contemplation. I will add, do it with joy and acceptance, at least with a smile(the smile on your face reflects the smile in your heart), and when you have finished your tasks, step back and let go. Those in power over us try to get us wrapped up in the results, offering us prizes and positive reinforcement, and that’s not all bad, but a taoist doesn’t care much about the prizes and the bonuses. If one does what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it, in the way it is supposed to be done, whether the prizes come or not becomes inconsequential. It also helps us to understand that we can do the things that are witiin our control, and shouldn’t worry or have anxiety over the things we cannot control.

So, have a good time not doing, and when you do do, do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, in the way it is supposed to be done.
(we’ll talk about thinking outside the box another time!)

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  1. It is so beautiful to see the same message sparkle forth from all the higher wisdom traditions. The Bhagavad Gita, tells us again and again to not attach to the fruits of our actions. Just do right, and then let go. Karma Yoga.


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