You Can't Force an Apple to Grow
"Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance. This is the path through which nature's intelligence unfolds spontaneously, without friction or effort. When you have the exquisite combination of acceptance, responsibility and defenselessness, you will experience life flowing with effortless ease." ~ Dr. Deepak Chopra
By Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D.
Author of
THE ART OF BEING, 101 Ways To Practice Purpose In Your  Life

I just returned from an early morning walk in my meditation garden and I made some observations that I want to share with you. Everything appears to be in bloom now; each tree is bringing forth the fruit it was created to manifest; each bush revealing the beauty of the flowers it was meant to share with the world-it's a beautiful thing to witness. The amazing thing was as I sat in the quiet among the grove of fruit trees, palm trees, and various kinds of flowers and roses, I listened...and I watched closely-not once did I hear or see even one of these beautiful expressions of Life, grunt, push, manipulate, or try to force its fruit or flowers to grow. This is a classic example of what Chopra refers to as the Law of Least Effort in action. Everything in Nature has its own natural rhythm-its own way of trusting the Life Force and surrendering to the flow of the Energy coursing through it, within it and all around it. It appears that the things in Nature grow and produce fruit without any effort. And then there is us: out of our own fear of "not enough" and an egoic need to control the universe we tend to try and force things to unfold and "grow" the way we want them to grow, in our own time and space, according to our own self-serving needs and desires. In short, we end up pushing against the universe and our fruit (a life worth living) seems difficult to "get" to grow.

It's true isn't it? We do it with our relationships. We do it with our finances. We even do it with our bodies. We try so hard to make things go (grow) in the direction we want them to, we end up short-circuiting our own good by not honoring the same innate Intelligence within us that does such a great job in Nature. I don't believe that an apple tree grows apples with a hidden agenda (other to promulgate its own seed), so the tree has no need to push, manipulate or force anything. It's doing what comes natural to it and so it lets Life do the work. What would happen if we could make like the apple tree and just let Life do the work? It sounds too easy doesn't it? It is actually so easy it will be about the most difficult thing we will ever do. The way to access the Law of Least Effort is simple-practicing it is another thing. Dr. Chopra offers three basic components that will enable us to access and use the Law of Least Effort: 1. Accept what is in every given moment; this doesn't mean we have to like it-we just have to learn not to push against it. 2. Take responsibility for how we respond to what is; rather than blaming anyone (including ourselves), we remain conscious enough to look for the seed of a blessing in what is. 3. Live in defenselessness; we do this by letting go of the need to control other people's opinion of us-Interestingly enough, this leads us back to acceptance of what is.

Hey, if an apple tree can accept "what is" every day, and never blames the weather for its problems, and never apologizes to anyone for a poor apple production when the weather doesn't cooperate, perhaps there's something for we humans to learn here. You can't force your life to grow faster than it should any more than you can force a rose to blossom or an apple to grow, but you can trust that Life always knows what it is doing. You are not here by mistake. That means you can trust that your life will unfold perfectly in its own season, in its own space and time when you don't resist what is. Now breathe; do a deep let go, and let God...and smile.

Copyright 2007 New Reality Press

. . .there is an inner observer within you that knows when you are giving the best you've got. . .

Begin by looking into the mirror right now. What does that Being staring back at you report? Are you giving your best effort to life today? Forget about the past, it is done and over. How about right now?are you doing the best you can in this holy instant? Regardless of how it may look to others, if the answer is yes, then take a deep breath,
sigh and smile. If the answer is no, the good news is it is never too late to start.

Peace, Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D.
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