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The path of least resistance

Updated on December 9, 2010

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 time.

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.


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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you could stop in.

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      Rinita Sen 

      7 years ago

      It is an inspiring hub, and of course well written.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand


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      WD Curry 111 

      7 years ago from Space Coast

      It is a progression from Transcendental Meditation. You don't even have to sit down to do it.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      WD I am liking that you have taken the time to follow the links. Your feedback is precious and I do enjoy reading them. I also like the term you use "Incidental Hesitation" very fitting! Thanks

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      WD Curry 111 

      7 years ago from Space Coast

      I hit the link on "Prisoners of the Mind" and here I am. I am liking this medium. It is an interactive magazine. You are using it to good effect. I am an artist. Sometimes, I work all day to make a mess. Sometimes, it just flows. Sometimes, I fight through. Sometimes I take a break and wait until tomorrow for the flow. It is a challenge to master the technique to apply. I call it Incidental Hesitation.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I am glad you loved New Zealand. I am glad too that you think I have great writing skills! Thanks for stopping by!

    • lifewellspoken profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver BC

      First off I loved New Zealand.

      Second this is great writing skills.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for stopping by my dear friend! Glad you loved it!

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      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Love it

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      You are very welcome scriber!. Thank you for stopping by!

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      8 years ago

      You have adopted the cosmic calm of your native land and have found a way then, when you choose, to touch the chaos that hides within you and within the land. Thank you for sharing that calm and chaos with us.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Antoine: I agree the universe is like the river. Thank you!

      Qwark: That is awesome you do. I do agree there are always options Thanks

      Violet sun: Glad you enjoy them. Yes indeed alignment with the rhythm of the universe is an ideal alignment! Thank you

      Martie: You are a jewel! Thank you for stopping by

      Anja: Indeed it does; Thank you!

      Mickey Dee: I like waterfalls, even when you go down them, we either ride with it or resist it and we are better for it riding with them. I relate well to you. Bless you!

      Rich: I agree with all that you say! God Bless! Thanks for stopping by!

      Dave; Yes that is true, sometimes there are damns and the course of the flow is altered, although it looks like it is the end water finds its way through the earth to express its flow on another path. The process takes time but it does eventually find another path to keep flowing. Thank you, God Bless!

      Amy: I relate well to what you are saying.. I am sure that we all can. Thank you for your kindness! I am blessed!

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Pennyofheaven, I love your peaceful, soul. Your writing is beautiful in your analogy of the natural course of water and the ebb and flow of life. The absolute worse times for me are those times when a boulder blocks my path. It is disruptive and destructive. It stirs so much negativity in me with overwhelming anger, despair, discombobulation and futile lack of productivity in every arena of my life. I fight this through acceptance; knowing that everything happens as designed and the natural course of life resumes. This piece is a beautiful synopsis of allowing life to be as it is supposed to and I think you summed it up with the calming, inspirational spirit it deserves. Magnifique!

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Pennyofheaven: The path of least resistance is the easy way, unfortunately though there are dams that can block the flow sometimes altering ones course or impeding it totally. In Canada we have an animal called the beaver which has the ability to do this. We also have two legged animals called humans which will do this just to serve their own purposes. One always has to be prepared for the unexpected.

      This little tid bit is just for you Pennyofheaven: If you have ever walked down the street and seen money on the ground even just a "Penny" Do you know that some angel from heaven dropped it there on purpose for you to find and pick up. Regardless the value of the money coin or whatever, if you pick it up thank God for sending it,and then donate it for whatever charitable reason, God rewards this charity sometime later down the road when you least expect it.

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      8 years ago

      It's good to have some sort of life plan to work by and once we have that plan, we should just go with the flow and accept what circumstances come our way, and then respond in the most appropriate way we can without fuss and worry.

      'Just go with the flow' - a great reminder for all of us - to accept what comes our way and to then do what we need to do!

      Great message Penny and I loved the way you expressed it. God bless!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you Dear Penny. I too have taken that path of least resistance. Sometimes I've gone over a waterfall. But- I still like the flow!

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      8 years ago from New York

      "There are times when my body and mind go on pause for reasons I sometimes cannot fathom.."

      I can so much relate to it. I, along with a few hubbers (like Violet Sun) have long since accepted the fact that 'surrendering' leads to inner peace. You named it as 'path of least resistance'. Its, kind of, being in sync with your inner self. That, most certainly, brings happiness and contentment. This was a very good subject to write about. :)Rated thumbs up.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      At last I’m starting to get this right.... going with the flow.... Beautiful hub! Water – the flow of water - is a perfect metaphor for the path of least resistance. I’ve flooded all over your buttons :)

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I enjoy the topics you write about, its nice to meet kindred spirits in Hubpages. :) I agree, the path of least resistance puts one in alignment with the rhythms of the universe.

      Beautifully expresed! Rated up!

    • qwark profile image


      8 years ago

      G'mornin' Penny:

      Yes! I've lived like that all my life.

      Slow and easy does it.

      There are always options.

      Nicely expressed!


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      Antoine Van Hove 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful, inspiring and true!

      The universe is like your river, offering us time and space to follow the path of least resistance. Or not.

      But only one of them is filled with joy!

      And i have a feeling we both know which one.

      Nice reflections!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thats great if that works for you. We each have our own way. Thats what I love about us all we follow our own rhythms! Thanks for stopping by luabu you always serve to stimulate my thought processes!

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      8 years ago

      Good Luck with your new hub

      The path of least resistance may be a wise path.

      Your observations are very sincere.

      It's a detour I feel I can't afford to take.

      Shake the tree and see what falls out.

      That's me.


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