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I like this bro. I always say to people. “There are no problems, only solutions.” Very similar idea.
That which we resist persists.
Good stuff.. I definitely agree, I think lessons keep coming up in life until you learn them
I think it’s not complete of you only apply it to events that have already taken place, because sometimes we worry about what might happen in the future, in which case it helps to be ready for anything, remember not to have expectations, and that no matter what happens, life will go on. This allows us to take action and go for what we want without being afraid of what the result might be.
Well, you just summed up my life philosophy in 2 words. Succinct and eloquent.
I agree with this.. I often tell people that I could sit here with them and try to make them feel better with words of wisdom.When someone is down though honestly nobody feels better until they want to feel better.
I could say anything about any situation and be 100% right and I cant say people have ever taken my advice when the emotions are flowing strong.
though people are never satisfied with a “get over it and move the f on.” i guess they just want attention, to know someone cares when it comes down to it.
At a point of time, it really becomes important to know that you are cared for.
The way to implement this is by taking control of the words we speak. Like the rudder of a ship; though it’s one of the smallest parts- the tongue can change the course of our lives and destination. What comes out of our mouth is what is in our heart, and has a tangible effect on not only our situation, but our environment and those around us. For good- or bad.
the exact mantra I need. I am constantly trying to fight negative emotions, and find balance in my life. having a sort of mantra will definitely get me headed towards the right track of control.
Per your advice, I just shat my pants. I regret nothing.
Ew man, sorry that’s disgusting. To do so would be to deny all human emotion. Your mum died… You move on with it and wear a smile for the rest of the day? Nah man. You come to terms with it, you never accept it
it’s a shocking idea when first heard because it disrupts what we have solidified in our head and heart as culturally, emotionally correct. That is why it is a good mantra and holds a lot of truth. when you dig deeper into what it’s actually saying, you realise it has nothing to do with becoming robotic and lifeless but everything to do with life and happiness. of course you should have time to grieve, “resist nothing” is not telling you to smile when somebody dies. Resist nothing can be as much about not resisting truly grieving, but the awesome thing is it also applies to life after you’ve finished grieving. Why shouldn’t you ever accept it? Death is as much a part of the cycle of life as life is. It has always happened, it will most likely always happen. So why would we give death so much of our time and emotional investment by not moving past it?
“Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come,we are not.” ― Epicurus
Why should we give so much reverence to just a passing point between this life and whatever shall follow? Why waste years of precious life wallowing in our own pity and depression. We miss the point of life here and now.
The point of the argument stated above was to suggest a way of living that denied the commonly accepted notions of human behavior. For example, these would be pleasure seeking and self-fulfilling behaviors. Thus the poster of this idea was to ask humanity to block these thought processes and appeal to a more worthy, valuable or, dare I say, ethical way of living.
In your infinite wisdom you tried to defend the poster whilst quoting Epicurus, and asserting a claim about death from the god of pleasure seeking gratification himself! Might want to rethink the thought process there. The argument you presented is meant to coincide with the poster, yet it is really a misconceived refutation.
The 3rd sentiment is the central idea in a book called Zen and the Art of Happiness. I recommend it :)
Great visual! I swear, I need to get like a dozen phrases tattooed on the back of my hands to remind myself…though I hope that it will all become a natural way for me to live.
That book was life changing. The Universe wants for you what you want :)
I absolutely love this mantra, and i’d like to say that I have had many a revelation in the past couple of years, this being one of them. My husband and a few folks I’ve been surrounded by are typically very angry people, and I’ve come to think that the fact they have not yet realized “THIS” is the reason why. Just let go, shit happens, getting upset about it will only make it far worse than it ever needed to be. Thank you for posting this. :)
i have a tattoo on my wrist that reads “resist”. this was originally intended to reduce the amount of vices I’d give in to, but I’ve found that mindfulness, and appreciation are key in doing what you know is best for yourself. Ever since I’ve gained a better understanding of this, I’ve been wanting to tweak it, so it corresponds to how I live my life now. Thanks for giving me something to work with :)
Simple, AND TRUE!!!!
So what happens when someone close to you dies? When some traumatic event is taking place. Your house being taken away, being raped, going to war, losing your spouse, losing your parents and siblings. Just flick off the “give-a-shit” switch and move on?
This seems so cold.
I’ve lost a few close friends and I did exactly this. I was able to move on fairly quickly while everyone around me was still sad and depressed. People that knew my friends that had passed away less than I did were more sad and distraught than I was. I felt like a robot that I wasn’t more bothered. I felt cold and broken, like I should be more upset. But in the end it was worth it. I realized that being sad and upset does nothing good for anyone. I know deep down that I loved and love my friends and that I will always miss them and always remember them. I show my respect to them in my own way. Being able to accept reality, deal with things and move on is an incredible thing. Really, truly resist nothing.
Resistance is the most important thing anyone can do. If something is wrong or unjust you fight to change it in whatever way is possible. Accepting something terrible for what it is won’t help anyone and plays against an individuals morals. Someone who willingly lies down in the face of adversity and accepts things as impossible or unchangeable especially in terrible situations are to be frank… pussies. Never stop fighting.
To me, the ‘resistance’ that is being discussed is on a deeper and more personal level.
Another word for it might be ‘denial’.
Accepting reality, warts and all, is the best first step to changing it. Resisting reality by saying, “This can’t be happening” gives whatever adversity you’re facing a huge advantage.
Nowhere in ‘Resist Nothing’ does it say, ‘Resist the urge to eat, defend yourself when attacked, improve your situation’ or what-have-you.
I understand where you’re coming from but just wanted to offer another perspective.
didnt read anyones comments, jus responding to the original content.
This concept is false. It sounds like a great idea and all, but its actually flawed. Resist nothing? Really? The first example is a good one in that it shows a situation where resistance is useless. However, there are many situations where resisting something is the obvious moral thing to do… resisting power, lust, revenge, greed … etc. You may say Im “missing the message” but Im not. Im just saying it is impossible to sum up the “secret of life” in any number of words (much less two). Simply finding the secret of life takes a lifetime. Live your life the way you know is right, take chances, accept the inevitable and learn from it.
Well the premise could be easily fixed. Stop resisting things that cannot be change. And resist or circumvent those you know that could be changed.
Agreed. The concept is false.
Of course resistance has value. There are times when resistance works, and there are times when it fails. “Resist nothing” is just baloney that comes from poor thinking.
It’s a paradox, agreed, that resisting something that can’t be resisted will lead to frustration. But one can never know if one can resist something until the opportunity arises.
This nonsense leads someone to believe you can’t resist and attacker, a rapist, or any other seemingly overwhelming event.
Finding one’s nemesis is really what he’s on about. And that is an inevitability. But you can’t defeat a nemesis by simply failing to even engage it. That is pure defeatism, and total submission – qualities that the worst dictators will thoroughly exploit.
No war was ever won by caving in, let alone surrendering without any kind of flight.
Jack, you make a lot of sense. But, how would we be served by your thinking if we were on death row, and had 6 months to live? If we do not resist, we may fall into the worst depression ,beyond our imagination. If we do resist…….we may fall into the worst depression beyond our imagination. =)
I missed the part where it said, “Resist fighting back when attacked”.
The resistance that is most deadly in the situations you describe is the resistance to accepting reality, which is all the original post is about.
It’s a very common response, when a person or even a country attacked, to hear one’s self say, “This isn’t happening”.
When you can eliminate resistance at that level, the rest often takes care of itself.
@Aris – very nice link, thank you!
This sounds a lot like Yes Man with Jim Carrey. Good concept, tough to imagine an entire population acting in this way.
Another important point to consider when ‘Accepting the absurdity of life’….is.. Don’t expect anything from anyone (but the worst), that way you will NEVER be disappointed. (As negative and cynical as this may sound, it is in fact, very true!)
Today it is very true for you,Tania. Are you sure it will be tomorrow? See, Im 53 yrs old. Many beliefs I was sure about at 25, and 35, I was very unsure about at 45, and now in my 50’s I’m positive they were wrong. Ask any 50 yr old how many important things he was certain about at 30, turned out not to be true. This is a very interesting subject which deserves a thread, no a book of it’s own! -)
This works for everything except trauma; and once traumatized, it is difficult people to “resist nothing.” But it is a good mantra for everyday ups and downs.
Forgive me for being so literal-minded here but “resist nothing” strikes a bit of fear in me, because I’m a person who tends to take on too much, gets taken advantage of — a classic people-pleaser. if I don’t resist, how do I prevent people from walking all over me? I know I’m misconstruing the concept here, but I’m still stuck. Any thoughts on how to reconcile healthy non-resistance with standing one’s ground?