Pronounced “ooo-way”, Wu Wei is a Chinese term for “action without action“. An example of this, from the Tao Te Ching:
The Sage is occupied with the unspoken
and acts without effort.
Teaching without verbosity,
producing without possessing,
creating without regard to result,
the Sage has nothing to lose.
I love the concept and can see it working well with the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi (an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.)
One challenge I see with Wu Wei is a conflict with Buddhism and it’s emphasis on thoughtful and deliberate action (aka mindfulness), although the goal is to be mindful without trying to be mindful. So in the end, Wu Wei should be the goal of most anything worthwhile in life.
via A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying.
Leo Babauta on being mindful and present:
In our rush to get through the tasks of our day, to complete our errands and answer emails, to look at the next video or link we find … when do we think we’ll find happiness?
If it’s not here right now, when will it come?
via Practicing Slowness & Being Present : zen habits.
Now that I’ve reviewed last year’s Love List, it’s time to look ahead.
While I think I did well on my 2014 list, there are a few areas I’d like to carry over to my Love List for 2015. Beyond that, there are a handful of things I’d like to try next year. Here’s the list:
Each of the last few years I’ve spent some time documenting and tracking my love list.
Love List: A fluid list of things you want to start or spend more time doing in the new year.
The process begins with a review at the end of the year, as I look back at what I accomplished, learned, and want to improve on in the coming year.
Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. From getting into rap music in the mid 80s to discovering punk and hardcore in the early 90s, music has helped shape my beliefs and overall aesthetic.
Music, as an industry, is in a weird place. Like a lot of people, I imagine, the last year and a half saw a drastic change in my music consumption habits. Where my last evolution went from the shady side of the internet to buying MP3s from legit sources like eMusic, iTunes, and Amazon, the most recent evolution went from buying digital music to 100% streaming music.
Quinn Norton went to Puerto Rico to be more productive, but instead learned the dirty secrets of “productivity”:
We dream now of making Every Moment Count, of achieving flow and never leaving, creating one project that must be better than the last, of working harder and smarter. We multitask, we update, and we conflate status with long hours worked in no paid overtime systems for the nebulous and fantastic status of being Too Important to have Time to Ourselves, time to waste. But this incarnation of the American dream is all about doing, and nothing about doing anything good, or even thinking about what one was doing beyond how to do more of it more efficiently. It was not even the surrenders to hedonism and debauchery or greed our literary dreams have recorded before. It is a surrender to nothing, to a nothingness of lived accounting.
via Against Productivity — The Message — Medium.
A great post and ode to the creativity and messiness of humanity over productivity.