My current Netflix DVD is a Deepak Chopra video. There are two different productions on this DVD, one is a talk he gave on the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success based on his book of the same title. This video was made back in 2000, but I only discovered his teachings a couple of years ago. Now I want to buy the book and delve deeper into the meanings and how to apply them to my own life. He makes it sound so simple, and tonight I was meditating on The Law of Least Effort, and what could be easier than that?
In case you are wondering, here are the Laws according to Deepak:
- The Law of Potenitality
- The Law of Giving
- The Law of Karma
- The Law of Least Effort
- The Law of Intention & Desire
- The Law of Detachment
- The Law of Dharma
Many of these are a challenge to the traditional American concept of success, most notably the law of least effort. We are programmed to believe that hard work and going above and beyond in our efforts is what it takes to be a success. But I want to introduce the idea of a garden, once you initially prepare the soil and plant things, something will grow there. It could be the plant you intended, or a weed. If I think of my success as a weed, then it can grow just about anywhere I plant a seed no matter what the environment around it.
The other thing to think about is that it is the law of Least Effort, not the law of NO Effort. Some effort is required to get things going, but you can’t force a plant to grow, it will grow on it’s own if given half a chance. It’s my job to get things planted and give them half a chance. Nothing more, nothing less.