Responsibility is tightly linked to accountability in our culture and brings to mind duty, commitments and perhaps guilt. This is not the type of responsibility Deepak Chopra is speaking of when he shares the Law of Least Effort with us. The secret in the Law is that we spend copious amounts of energy gyrating through our mind all that we should have done or all that we must or should do. According to this Law, this is all wasted energy better spent on the here and now, the present.
Unlike many of our mammalian co-inhabitants of this planet, we can choose how we respond to a particular stimulus. Let’s say we are driving to work; traffic is heavy and someone cuts us off nearly causing an accident. We have a myriad of things we can choose to do, yell and curse at them, bang on the steering wheel or raise our eyes and thank the powers that be that you noticed the danger and that you are now safely continuing on your commute home to see those you love. My wife calls this the “Glad Game” and it works quite well once it becomes a habit.
My point is this, we are “able” to “respond” how we wish and train our mind to habitually be flexible using the least amount of energy. Humans are Response-Able.
Accountability, another type of Law closely related in my mind to the Law of Karma, is the world without caused by our responses and actions. So, if in the traffic situation, you sped up to chase this jerk who cut you off and subsequently were seen by a cop and ticketed for your response, that would be accountability. Yes, Virginia, there really are Laws keeping the entire Universe in balance. I’m not referring to man’s laws rather to the greater Laws that effortlessly keep our world as it should be. Notice how there are many laws without a single congressman or congresswoman in sight… little joke there 🙂 . Understand, these Universal Laws do not always act on our preferred timeline but, they do have their impact to be certain.
This leads me to my next point and the growing relief I feel due to Dr Chopra’s help in focusing me on this moment. The past is gone with it’s opportunities to accomplish tasks, the future may never arrive and the circumstances of future moments are unknown. The only moment that has value is this moment. The key to living my purpose and remaining in balance with the Universe is to live in the present moment. Below is the Law of Least Effort… read it slowly and imagine you responding differently to the “problems” that already occurred today in your life. Now reverse the clock and see yourself in those very moments when you could have chosen a different response and been lighter and happier for that choice.
I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.
2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
~ Deepak Chopra
Now, LISTEN TO ME, you can do that in every present moment and build the Life You Choose. Here is the Magic!!! As we have been taught before in our MKMMA course, take the mentality that “I Live This Day As If It Is My Last”. Sound familiar? Here and now, would you make different choices? Then, Do IT NOW!! and Live the Life You Were Born To Live… Take Responsibility! A life of least effort, struggle and strain against the past or anxiety for the future. You only control your thoughts and choices in This Moment. Your life is made of single moments added on upon they other so, the only way to look back and become pleased with the life you have lead, the lives you have touched and change you have supported is to Do It Now, in this moment and release the burden of anything outside of that area of your influence.
Peace be the Journey…