Over the past few weeks, in between reading fiction, I have been enjoying The Tao of Pooh, a lovely little 1982 book by Benjamin Hoff, depicting Taoism via the eyes of Pooh Bear. In it, in a chapter titled The Pooh Way, the idea of Wu Wei is being introduced. Wu Wei means something like — that which happens without doing, causing, interfering or meddling. Benjamin Hoff combines into his writing, discussions he is having with Pooh Bear and his Hundred Acre Wood friends, as well as stories from Chuang Tzu’s texts.
When explaining Wu Wei, it is likened to the flow of water in nature; a current that streams over and around obstacles such as rocks, rather than trying to change what lies ahead. It is a method effective in its effortlessness; much like Pooh Bear who eats when he is hungry, sleep when he is tired, and things he needs just show up his way. Accordingly to Taoism, this is the nature of things; the art of no interference which, when practiced, results in simple and fulfilling happiness.
Now I think I will just go fetch myself a piece of toast and see if honey will reveal itself to me.
Learned from: Taoism, Chuang Tzu, Benjamin Hoff and Winnie the Pooh.