daoism – say yes and go with the flow

by Josh

I would like to play a game with you.
This game is a workout in switching off monkey-mind and letting your heart and gut feeling take the lead.
It’s pretty straightforward;
First, leave your house and find a spot of nature.
Look around you: pick a spot that looks beautiful or interesting in some way.
Go there. Just follow your gut.
If your way is blocked, remember the old Zen saying:
“The obstacle is the path”.
Once you’ve reached that spot, move on to the next one.
You will bounce around, don’t question where it takes you.
Just be aware of what is happening and what captures your attention.
In Daoism, this is called aimless wandering.

I often do this when I go running and it has taken me to some really cool places, like an animal’s graveyard in the forest.
Even if you don’t want to play this game, maybe you can let it wash into your everyday life.

All you have to do is say yes.
People around us bombard with us requests all the time, some of them not even vocally.
More often than not our default answer is a mumbled maybe or a no that we struggle to justify.
Make your default answer “yes” and see what happens.
(Watch the movie “the yes-man” for reference).
You will bounce around, help out a lot of people and get to know many more.
It opens up loads of opportunities and possibilities, especially now, in the holiday season (in the northern hemisphere).
Would you like to come and play?

“The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”
― Timothy Ferriss