Problems with Non-Resistance

 Jamin Slack (@jaminslack) 7 years, 9 months ago

One of my most favorite articles posted to high existence is the article that proposes that one can change their entire life simply by adopting the path of non resistance. For a long time I have considered “Don’t resist” to be a personal identifier for myself. Until now. Just a few moments ago I was in a moment of deep relaxation and meditation but as often does a thought popped into my head. While normally I would attempt to outlast the thought, perceiving it simply as an extension of my ego, this persistent question stuck with me: “How can I change the world if I resist nothing?” Thoughts and comments much appreciated.

January 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

@jaminslack, There are lots of ways you can look at this. One would be asking yourself why you feel the need to change the world. Another would be letting that thought go just as you have others during meditation. Yet another, and this is the view I currently find myself defaulting to, is the idea that life is all about variance. Use “resisting nothing” as a tool, but perhaps there is no “one size fits all” view that applies to every situation, including the notion of non-resistance. Maybe you can resist some things and not resist others, make your own rules. I think that’s the whole point and fun of the human experience… trying out different philosophies, playing with different perspectives, and seeing what works for you.

Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

.. and not resisting yourself includes not resisting your feelings of resistance imo

hello (113) (@smortlur51) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

@jaminslack, I know that article you’re talking about, I really like it too. But I don’t think it meant don’t resist as in be passive in everything you do, that would end up being detrimental to yourself. When your body tells you that you are hungry or have to go to the bathroom, you do these things. When your body is telling you to change the world, and you know that there are things that need changing, you have to do these things. Its like what @anjelica says, don’t resist your feelings of resistance. Another point is that I think the ‘don’t resist’ view is another way of saying to just go with the flow, see how things work out. But there comes a point where you can tell that if you do this then a little further down things are just going to keep getting worse and worse.

ThatGuy (38) (@ThatGuy345) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I interpreted the article this way. When it says take the path of least resistance, it does not mean do nothing, but rather it means do not be result oriented. Of course have dreams and aspirations but the point of non-resistance comes in when your results are different from what you expected. Do not resist bad or different result than you expected. This has come into play in my life when there are “haters” as well. I can either try to verbally fight them for hours and exhaust myself or just stay positive and calm and continue loving myself. good luck :D

Krest (3) (@Krest) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Going with the flow only has you devoured by the flow. So make your own flow, your own path. Non-resistance is only for those that choose to give up on themselves.

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