The Art of Effortless Living

The Art of Effortless Living

2019, Philosophy  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 6.94/10 from 104 users.

Our modern age is polluted by urgent deadlines, endless responsibilities, and constant distractions. The challenges of simple living can sometimes feel overwhelming. For many, Taoism offers the building blocks to a more insightful and empowered existence amongst the chaos. The feature-length documentary The Art of Effortless Living explores these tenets of Taoism, its inventory of life-enhancing benefits, and ways we can incorporate its practices into our daily lives.

Led by the concept of Wu Wei, which literally translates into "non-action", the practice teaches us how to relinquish our need to control our world as if we could force it to bend to our will. This encourages a feeling of oneness with nature, a trust in the natural order of the universe, and a renewed confidence to live our lives with the freedom of intelligent spontaneity.

These concepts are explained in great detail throughout the film's many chapters. The first section of the film delves into the belief in the effortless mind, and illustrates the importance of conserving our energies and developing a stronger and more intimate sense of our personal identity.

The chapters - or lessons - build from there. There's a segment that compares Confucianism to Taoist practices. Another section discusses the conflicts between our inner selves - altruistic on one side and selfish on the other. The hierarchy of power is the subject of a latter segment, and how true practitioners of Taoism are often regarded as enemies of the powerful due to their inability to be controlled. Along the way, viewers will also find valuable insights on how to absorb the power of the universe within the frame of your mind and body, methods for living in the moment and embracing the world without selfish desire, and the keys to reversing personal and societal unrest.

Presented with a wealth of calm-inducing imagery and comforting narration, The Art of Effortless Living makes even the loftiest philosophical concepts relatable. It's the perfect primer for those who feel overwhelmed by the realities of their everyday lives, and want to explore the Eastern philosophies as a means of defining a new reality for themselves.

Directed by: Jason Gregory

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. maigua

    Concsiously designed for the gullible and the naive.

  2. S. America

    Wonder full to feel and see the Light done so beautifully.
    Everything you ever needed here, you were born with.
    "One is everything. You are a part of One. One is not everything without you."
    Enlightenment - feeling yourself witness yourself.
    Beyond Enlightenment - showing someone else the path to feeling yourself witness yourself.
    Enjoy, mind like parachute - function only when open.
    Episcopalian (Anglican outside USA), Jesus (Gospel of Thomas), Gnostic, Zen Japanese Buddhist teacher (Sosan Third Patriarch of Zen), Tao student, ...
    Thank you. Sam

  3. p

    Yawn. Is this Communist Chinese propaganda to weaken the western world?

  4. CCRider

    Interesting, and enjoyable.

  5. Eddy St.Luise

    Very interesting explanation of Tao. Lots of ironic situations resolve themselves if allowed to just happen.

  6. koth

    A lecture, not a documentary... I wish people would learn the difference and lable them as such.

    1. james b myers

      I like how you put that. my same feelings on a lot of things that people take out of context as well. Society needs to know the difference in a lot of things. Thank you. Life is all about ying and yang

  7. Philip Harding

    Sorry- I accidentally gave this one star. I meant six.

    1. winter andresen

      been there, done that. Hi five, brother

    2. harlette

      my boyfriend in the late 70's turned me on to the book " handbook to higher consciousness ".
      this reminds me of it and the book did adjust my attitude ~*
      i wore it out.