Monday

Desiring Nothing

I've heard Taoists call it the Yin Paradox. You might not know it by that name, but it has certainly happened to you. Perhaps you had a stretch in your life where you were single for a long time and then, as soon as you stopped caring whether you had a partner or not, the universe dropped somebody wonderful into your life. Happens all the time, right? Well, if we all know this is how things work in love, business and just about anything else, why is it that we go on chasing all those things to no avail when, really, what we should be doing is sitting still, doing our thing, and attracting what we need?

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6 comments:

  1. Lisannerosalie - Thanks, and thanks for the comment.

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  2. Thank you for this post, you definitely make some interesting points. I'm glad I read it first thing this morning ... I can start my day more inspired than usual.

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  3. Ginny - Thanks for the nice comment!

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  4. I think your headline is a bit deceiving, because you're not really saying desire nothing, but more along the lines of, stop spinning your wheels, slow down, focus on what's important and it will find you. That I agree with, but to desire nothing seems almost impossible for the average person working for a living.

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  5. 1918 - Well, I didn't set out to deceive anyone, but you bring up an interesting point. A good friend of mine asked me to clarify this very thing for her earlier. I took the title for the post from Lao Tzu, but I agree that it doesn't exactly fit. I don't think I'm just talking about not spinning your wheels either though. I think you need to direct the energy you spend on wanting, wishing and hoping (selfish desire)away from yourself and focus it on service to a bigger group or idea, with no desire for an outcome attached to it. That, I think, anyone can do.

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