The Law of Least Effort

Free Yourself

Today I will practice acceptance.  I will accept people, circumstances, situations and events as they occur.  I accept them as they are, not as I wish them to be.

I will also take responsibility for all of my actions and all of the things in my life and surroundings I see as problems.

Today my awareness will remain established in defenselessness.  I will surrender the need to convince and or persuade other to accept my point of view.  I will also remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any of them.*

*Paraphrased from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Free yourself from the need to resist, blame and defend.  Releasing yourself from this form of bondage is both liberating and life-changing.

Daily we find ourselves frazzled; resisting people and situations we encounter.  For instance, we are waiting at the bus stop and the bus is taking longer than usual.  We are late for work and each minute starts to seem like an eternity.  We start pacing, looking at our watch and huffing and puffing.  We mumble under our breath about bus schedules and fare hikes.  We may even rally other people waiting and start a mini protest.  After about fifteen minutes, we are ready to scream.

Now, what has all of this accomplished?  Did all of our huffing and puffing make the bus come faster?  NOPE!  All we did was resist the situation and allow ourselves to become flustered and stressed.  It solved nothing.  Of course certain situations we find ourselves in are not desirable, but if we are NOT in a position to change them, we must accept them AT THAT MOMENT.

Finally we arrive at our job, and needless to say, we are in a bad mood.  Everything at work is going wrong and we start voicing how much we hate our job and how we can’t wait to leave.  We blame our boss for making our lives miserable and promise ourselves that we won’t spend one more year working for such a jerk.  We haven’t received a raise in years, we are deeply in debt and can’t afford to work for such a nincompoop any longer.  We blame him for our current financial state and silently curse him for the rest of the day.

This kind of constant searching for external factors to place blame upon only hurts us.  It frees us from having to take responsibility for our own actions and situations, but it simultaneously keeps us bound to them.  In blaming others, we give them control – and by giving them the reigns our lives become big ole ping pong machines; and we are the directionless little balls of misery.

We are now on edge.   A co-worker comes over and asks curiously, “Why don’t you start looking for a job now?”  That is just the icing the cake.  Now we go into extreme defense mode.  We start ranting; offering dozens of reasons why we can’t.  We start trying to convince our co-worker why it is just not the right time.  What we are really doing though, is trying to convince ourselves.  We are convincing ourselves that:

  • Our situation is NOT our fault
  • Our situation is OUT of OUR HANDS
  • That OTHERS are to blame for OUR situation
  • That we are RIGHT and THEY are wrong
  • And that we CAN’T change things for the better

We waste so much energy self sabotaging and keeping ourselves trapped in world where we are in constant turmoil.

When that energy is freed up, it can be rechanneled and used to create anything that you want. ~Deepak Chopra

LIVE IT!

 

Vanessa xoxo

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