Wu Wei (無為) is a Chinese concept that literally translates to “non-doing” and is an important concept of Daoism. 無為而無不為 (wú wéi ér wú bù wéi) is a phrase that translates to:
“Do nothing… yet leave nothing undone.”
There is a subtle difference between making things happen and pushing through subconscious resistance and forcing things. The more Work we do, the less effort things become.
Upon deeper reflection of Wu Wei, I think of it as effortless action. Building systems and habits that manifest. One example for myself, is my journaling. When I first started, it was a struggle. I dug up that first journal and took a look at the first page.
My first entry:
FEB 3, 2014
…and the SHROOMS WERE FAKE
It was over a month before my second second entry:
MARCH 5, 2014
Today, if I don’t journal, it feels unnatural. Doing nothing is journaling.
This blog is Wu Wei.
So is being in gratitude. Being present. Watching The Mandalorian.
But, leaving nothing undone.
P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!