I was sitting in some long meetings today and these words arose in awareness: Stop trying. Below the radar of conscious awareness there was a lot of chronic trying going on. Trying to look good. Trying not to mess up. Trying to stay safe and comfortable. Trying to do a good job.
But does the trying produce a job well done? Perhaps sometimes, but more often the trying seems to impede the flow of energy.
Effortlessness is the valve through which good pours forth into this world.
The words repeated softly a few times throughout the day: Stop trying. Stop trying. This is another way of saying: allow what is to be. There was an upwelling of energy and quietness as the habitual contractions of pointless efforting eased.
I shared these thoughts on Facebook and my friend Vicki Woodyard made this comment:
"One day I will have a needlepoint pillow to remind myself: 'The answer is not Try Harder.'"
Amen to that! The less driven I feel, the more genuinely productive I am. We need a new work ethic where work is experienced as play....