Last night, I started struggling with a little conflict in my head that arose while I was trying to listen to a relaxation meditation on my iPod. I heard the voice say “take the path of least resistance”. Apparently, my path of least resistance was to NOT relax, so I got up. I went to my computer and googled “the path of least resistance” because I had a strange hankering to, and I felt it wouldn’t hurt if I found an argument that would help me rationalize my lack of self discipline for relaxation.
Here are some of the first titles that popped up in my google search:
- If You Think the Path of Least Resistance is the Way – THINK AGAIN <—this does not look promising
- The Path of Least Resistance is the Path Without Opportunities <—- Oops
- A Hierarchy of Excuses: The Pathetic Path of Least Resistance <— Crap! My hopes of rationalizing away the fact that I gave up on relaxation are dwindling….I’m a relaxation quitter!
I have to admit I didn’t read any of these articles entirely, but by looking at the titles, I would guess these authors aren’t fans of the path of least resistance.
Being familiar with psychology, self-help and psycho-babble, hearing the phrase “path of least resistance” reminded me of other things I’ve heard while trying to learn to keep my crazy in. Things like “Follow your bliss” and “what you resist persists”. Still, the titles that came up on my search made sense, too. They remind me of inspirational sayings like “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”, or, “We must do the things we think we cannot”.
Apparently, the Thinker-too-mucher thing that lives in my AMYgdala enlisted some recruits for this one because thoughts of what to do were running rampant in my head. Which piece of profound life advice do I follow?
I have explored a lot things to try to help me cope with depression, and some of those things have trickled into the arena of religious philosophy… mostly Buddhism and Taoism. Although I was raised (and still am) Christian, I found a lot of wisdom in eastern philosophy that helped me cope. While I was in an all out ‘finding myself – spiritual seeking’ phase, I watched a documentary in which one of the speakers said to live a combination of Do Be Do Be Do.
I took the path of least resistance and followed my bliss for googling things and googled “Do Be Do Be Do”. This is what came up:
Although I don’t remember the name of the documentary that introduced me to this profound statement, or the name of the genius (aside from Sinatra) who said it, that phrase was something I won’t forget…mostly because it rhymes with Scooby Doo be dooo, and it’s a fun thing to say really fast. (I highly recommend trying it)
Linguistic fascination aside, the combination of DOing something, and just BEing makes sense. Maybe there are certain times when it’s necessary to DO something; take action and step outside of your comfort zone. Other times, maybe it’s best to take the path of least resistance and just BE. Just be who you are and accept things as they are…adjust your sail to flow WITH the wind rather than fight against it.
Now, I just have to figure out when to DO, and when to BE…