Procrastination Is Contrary To The Tao

Yesterday I asked, “The Tao, however, is easy. How come you keep making it hard? How come?”

Take procrastination. What does it say but “I have to or should do it, but I don’t want to do it now (or at all)?”

Take wu wei as your baseline. Wu wei can mean any of these depending on the context: Absence (Tao) doing, doing non-doing, spontaneous doing, wild action, and so on. Wu wei is any action, flowing from the vital energy of the Tao, that is without even the slightest resistance. Wu wei can also be wise non-action: I abide.

Notice how procrastination is going against the Way. Procrastinating, you are contributing to making life hard while being engaged in the fifth Buddhist hindrance, which is delusion/ignorance. Out of delusion, you veil the Tao, the Way of things.

Since the Tao, itself, knows no procrastination, see how you are mistaken. When procrastination arises, let gentle, compassionate questioning allow you to return to Tao:

–What am I resisting, right now?

–Where did this “should” or “have to” come from?

–Even if I say I want to do this, do I really want to do this or am I lying to myself?

–Is this present conflict a sign, a residue, of my shadow–to wit, that between the inner critic, or stern judge, and the inner child, who in this case is rebelling?

Clarity returns us to Tao, and Tao returns us to ease. Ease is the Way that things truly are when we are one with the Way.