‘Taoism or Daoism is a philosophical or religious tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Dao, or ‘the way’. … Taosim … is a teaching about the various disciplines for achieving “perfection” by becoming one with the unplanned rhythms of the universe. … in general tend to emphasize wu wei (action without intention)’.
‘The idea behind non-action goes against the Western ideal of forcing and working harder and harder to get results. We are encouraged to be ambitious, to take control and to strife. Meanwhile many people suffer from depression, anxiety disorders and sleep disorders. Are we burning ourselves out? We look down on passivity and often mistake it for laziness, but these are different things. When we look at nature, doing nothing makes way more sense than we tend to think. Results do not equal the amount of energy we spend; results are the consequences of a series of actions. Funny thing about this is that many of these actions come naturally and a task doesn’t need more human intervention than necessary to steer it in the right direction. Isn’t it so that many problems solve themselves? Taoism compares life to a river, the river already has a course or several courses and once we find ourselves in that river we can swim against the current, we can hold on to a branch, or we can let go and go along with the stream. Most of our lives we swim against the current, we don’t even realize it. Our mind believes that it can and should control the environment in order to survive, which is kind of egocentric, because the vast majority of processes within as well as outside ourselves are not in our control. I mean, let’s face it, we don’t control our bodily processes, like digestion, blood flow or the healing of wounds. We don’t control other people, we don’t control the future, we don’t even control who we fall in love with and what people we find attractive. Everything outside our own faculty just goes into some direction, sometimes by intelligence, but mostly in a natural course. When we go along with the current we align ourselves with this natural course. Which is the path of least resistance. It gives nature a chance to unfold without us resisting it. So the Taosist way is rather navigating through the river, instead of trying to control it.’