Daily Archives: March 16, 2013

Prompts for the promptless: Wu wei

Another in Rarasaur’s series of post ideas! This one centers around the slippery, paradoxical concept of “wu wei” – I think I’ll let Rarasaur explain it:

Wu wei, or non-doing, is a Taoist practice involving letting one’s action follow the simple and spontaneous course of nature rather than interfering with the harmonious working of universal law by imposing arbitrary and artificial forms.  In other words, it is the action of non-action.

So – a few pictures of wu wei in action. Or not…

Water - whether it's sea or clouds - can't help acting according to its nature.

Water – whether it’s sea or clouds –
can’t help acting according to its nature.

Forests, trees, ferns...they grow or die as nature makes them.

Forests, trees, ferns…they grow or die as nature makes them.

Nothing can not-act so naturally as a boulder.

Nothing can not-act so naturally as a boulder.

But to demonstrate wu wei with attitude, you have to be a cat!

But to demonstrate wu wei with attitude, you have to be a cat!