It was a warm and moonlit night. As the air cooled and the light faded from the mountaintops, my boyfriend and I decided to go for a swim. He put me on his back and began to swim laps through the warm water. I listened to the sounds of the evening, and allowed my body to melt.
Faster he swam, pulling me behind him, creating currents in the formerly still water. The currents began to pull at my legs; I could feel my limp muscles creating resistance as he turned one way or another. And so I began to shift slightly with his movements. A small movement here, another one there, and again I began to slide easily, effortlessly, through the water. And I realized that non-effort does not mean no effort.
Sages counsel us to be where we are, to accept the moment we are in, to practice non-resistance. But sometimes doing nothing–allowing your body to go limp while the rivers of life carry you–creates its own unique resistance. To truly accept the moment, we must play our part. That part is always gentle, subtle and completely aligned with what is happening around us. It is a kind of non-doing, because it arises so easily and spontaneously. It is effortless action.
Awareness of the moment means to accept it as it is and the part that you play in it. Sometimes the appropriate action is to float; sometimes it is to swim. Find the effortless action, and then allow the river to carry you.
Wishing you effortlessness,