The spiritual Law of Least Effort states that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease. When we watch the ebb and flow of the tide, experience the sweetness of a magnolia in full bloom, or witness night ceding to day, we don’t see nature straining or “trying” to make anything happen.
There is a scene in Zorba the Greek in which Zorba encounters a butterfly attempting to come out from a cocoon. Because it is not moving along as fast as he would like, Zorba breathes his warm breath on it, hastening its emergence. To his horror, he realizes the butterfly’s wings are crumpled, and it does not have the strength to open them. It dies in his hands as a result of his impatience. This poignant lesson reminds us to allow our lives to unfold naturally. It reminds us to trust that what emerges next is the expression of sublime evolutionary creativity.
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