Responsibility and the Law of Least Effort

Power Comes In The Moment You Take Responsibility

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…

 

 

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Week 24.5 – Stress-Free Giraffes

Kenya Giraffes

Stress is unique to Humans; because we manufacture it! This week we have been studying Acceptance, Responsibility and Defenselessness which all focuses on living in the moment from within the Law of Least Effort. With the weather being right on the cusp of Spring, I spent some time outside watching the birds coming to my wife’s feeders. It was the perfect representation of living in the moment with taking thought for the future or complaining with changes in the weather.

To further accentuate the point, the benefits and the credibility of the Law of Least effort, I received on of my favorite newsletters this week from James Clear. His article not only brings home the differences stress in animals, birds versus humans but, as if to say “Hey, this is something related to the MKMMA!”, the animal of choice for James is the Giraffe, Mark’s favorite four-legged friend.

 

Please take the time to visit James’ article titled, “The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It” and see for yourself, why it is that humans stress and animals don’t. Hint, the live immersed in the moment and follow their own form of the the Law of Least Effort.

You will notice in the writing that the amygdala (a part of the lymbic system), which we have be learning about all throughout the course, is part of the fight or flight mechanism in higher vertebrates (i.e. animals and humans). In this Wilipedia entry about the amygdala, scroll down to the “Emotional learning” and “Memory” sections. Does any of this sound familiar?; “Cells That Fire Together Wire Together” or peptides…

Now that your head is hurting from researching the background, go outside your house or to the park and watch the animals; squirrels, birds, dogs, cats, chipmunks whatever. See how they focus on one thing at a time… I’m hungry -> find food; I’m thirsty -> find water; I’m tired -> they sleep. Life has no stress until there is a fight or flight response to REAL DANGER. Unlike humans who have the ability to trigger the REAL DANGER alarm if they think of what might happen at school tomorrow during a test they have not prepared for… Major Stress right. But, it is of our own making.

I put it to you that the Law of Least Effort gives us the tools (yes, more tools) to become more efficient and effective in our lives by living in the moment.

So, like the bird that trust his wings, free yourself from these manufactured fears and worries. Have faith and believe that in the moment you need things, they will be available to you. Focus on the tasks at hand, practice well the skills required and polish your gifts so that when the opportunity comes to share them, you can rise to the call and deliver your part. Remember, “When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness, lack and limitation are simply the result of wrong thinking (stress and fear), you will have come to know “the truth which will make you free” (The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel 24-5).

Matthew 6:26

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

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