The Power of Non-doing
An Inner-world Exploration
And everything will fall into place
– Lao Tzu
When we listen, the answer appears. When we wait, the next step unfolds. There’s tremendous power in non-doing, in simply listening and looking and feeling until the message unfolds.
Non-doing allows for unfolding
When something is in the process of unfolding, all you can do is wait. You cannot push, archive or cajole, you simply have to give it time to become clearer.
I feel a change coming. That’s all I’ve got – a feeling. I get vague images of the direction I may be going but nothing concrete, nothing to even explore.
I have to wait, do nothing, except be aware of an unfolding process. And be patient. It will unfold in its own time.
Non-doing allows for contemplation
I can’t even give any thought to possible choices because the choice is not clear yet. It’s unfolding. I have nothing concrete to contemplate. I can only stay in a state of sensitive awareness of the subtle nudges that show up. I can observe. And I can contemplate what I observe. But until there’s a clear message, I do nothing.
Non-doing gives you time to evolve
It’ll be obvious when whatever is unfolding is not ready to reveal itself yet. It’s like a wisp of a cloud that has not yet taken shape or is changing shape. I don’t think this is something totally brand new coming in. My feeling is that it is an evolution, a next step. I’ve opened myself up to new possibilities, but I’m too new at those ideas to even understand where they’re taking me, let along where I might end up.
Non-doing allows everything to fall into place
I may have to learn more. I may have to experience more. Perhaps it’s simply not time, I cannot make a choice based upon who I am at this point in my life because I need to change. It’s like a fruit ripening, it simply is not yet time. The time is not “ripe.”
Although I’m in non-doing mode about this circumstance that’s unfolding, I’m continuing to move forward. And it’s from these small steps that clarity will eventually appear.
Be willing to change
My intuition says I’ll have to give up something I’m doing or focusing on now simply because of time. As this new door opens, new insights will appear and I will change. It’s upon that change that I will build. It’s not yet time. The change has not happened, it’s in progress.
There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing to do. That’s the point – do nothing. Be observant. Be reflective. Be aware. Move within, where there are serenity and support from your voice within.
What’s unfolding for you? Are you practicing non-doing?
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