- Religion and Philosophy
The path of least resistance
I like to think of
Gentleness as a virtue. It brings to mind a vision of water flowing gently
around the rocks that jut out from a riverbed. It never forces its flow to go
in any one direction, just flowing along its path. The force is only evident
when there is something blocking its path. It is still flowing gently but at
the point where it meets the blockage the force is seen.
In our day to day lives, going with the flow, or taking the path of least
resistance requires no effort or force unless there is something blocking our
natural rhythms. The force is only felt at the point where the blockage begins.
But we still continue to flow; eventually if we are aware, the blockage/s, will
break down bit by bit. Water can erode a rock with its natural flow. Just takes
There are times when my
body and mind go on pause for reasons I sometimes cannot fathom and no one or nothing can motivate me. I like to just be whatever
arises. In times like these I like
spontaneity, nothing planned, no rigid routine to adhere to and no focus on
anything. If I want to read, I read, sing I sing, dance I dance, sleep I sleep,
work I work. I am then flowing with my inner rhythms regardless of any
blockages that are present.
Then all of a sudden out of the blue, I am suddenly inspired, motivated, focused and full of energy. If I forced what ever I was meant to do, it became a very arduous task usually taking ten times longer than it should. However, when I listen to my inner rhythms’ and work with them instead of against them I am better for it and nothing seems as arduous as when I am not flowing.
If we can find our natural rhythms’ and flow with it there is little or no force felt in our day to day lives. This for me is taking the path of least resistance.