Action Through Non-Action

“It reeks of paradox.  The only way you can do anything of value is to have the effort come out of non-doing and to let go of caring whether it will be of use or not.  Otherwise,  self-involvement and greediness can sneak in and distort your relationship to the work, or the work itself, so that it is off in some way, biased, impure, and ultimately not completely satisfying, even if it is good.  Good scientists know this mind state and guard against it because it inhibits the creative process and distorts one’s ability to see connections clearly.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn  “Wherever You Go There You Are”

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on November 26, 2008.

One Response to “Action Through Non-Action”

  1. As I try to reinvent a media company, I am always mindful of this. I will be at this work a short time, and it must be taken up by others, so I don’t want to get too self-involved.

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