Monday, September 30, 2013

The Effortless Life By Leo Babauta

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A Concise Manual for Contentment, Mindfulness, & Flow. 

I learned an important lesson when I wanted to become a better swimmer—I thought swimming farther and faster was just a matter of trying harder, training harder. I would thrash madly through the water, but was left exhausted. 

When I learned that the water can actually push you up and help you float, it became much easier to glide through it. I relaxed, stopped trying to force things, and learned to swim better with less effort. 

Life is like this. Life is water, and we tend to push too hard, thrash about, force things, struggle. Instead, learn to float, learn to allow things to become effortless. You’ll get farther and life will be that much more pleasant.

What is an Effortless Life? 

Imagine a life where you wake up and do what you love doing. You spend time with the people you love and enjoy that time completely. 

You live in the moment, without worry for the future, without dwelling on past mistakes. Imagine that you have a few close friends and family members, and you spend ample time with them. 

You have no expectations of them, therefore, they don’t disappoint you, and, in fact, whatever they do is perfect. You love them for who they are, and your relationships remain uncomplicated. 

You enjoy spending time in solitude—with your thoughts, with nature, with a book, and maybe even creating. 

This is a simple, effortless life. It’s not effortless as in “no effort,” but it feels effortless, and that’s what matters. And it’s entirely possible. 

The only thing that stands in the way of an effortless life is the mind.

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