The golden path between anxiety and boredom.
Flow in daily life can be cultivated by engaging in work while in a state of flow. We want to walk the golden path between anxiety and boredom.
Flowing is the opposite of the western socialised approach of working harder and harder to get results. Forcing and striving might get the job done. But this approach requires more energy than necessary. And there is a chance for collateral damage.
When we combine stillness of mind with action we work intelligently, knowing when to act and when not to. We can find a balance between action and non-action. This concept is the known as the power of gentleness.
Our life stream goes into some direction. Sometimes forced by intelligence, but mostly in a natural course. When we flow along with the current, we align ourselves with this natural course. This is the path of least resistance. It gives nature a chance to unfold for us, without us resisting it.
The Taoist way is to navigate our way through the river rather than trying to control it. We can simply call this flow.
Navigate your way through your lifes river.
Flow is as accomplished with stillness of mind combined with action. Then let go and navigate your way through your lifes river.
Stillness of mind combined with action is flowing. Flow is being completely in the present moment, with actions that go effortlessly, without friction and accompanied by a razor sharp focus. There is an almost ecstatic quality being like this.
Living a life with flow is like being water. Water nourishes everything that it passes. It has no purpose, no goal, no specific desire. Water does its work without any ambition. And yet water can overcome anything, even the hard and rigid. Nothing can compete with it.
Tao is the natural order of the universe whose character one's human intuition must discern in order to realize the potential for individual wisdom. This intuitive knowing of "life" cannot be grasped as a concept; it is known through actual living experience of one's everyday being. From Wikipedia
The bagua, a symbol commonly used to represent the Tao and its pursuit.
The philosopher Laozi in the Tao Te Ching explains the Tao as not a "name" for a "thing" but the underlying natural order of the Universe. The Tao is non-conceptual yet evident in one's being of aliveness.
The goal is to live in agreement with the Dao. To live in harmony with the Dao. There isn't one practical method to achieve this. However the practice of cultivating stillness of mind, curbing the senses, being humble, and letting go of striving opens ourselves to the workings of the universe.
A central concept from Taoist philosophy is Wu Wei which can be translated as “non-action”, “effortless action”, or the paradoxical “action of non-action”.