What Does “Wu Wei” Mean?


One of the most important concepts is Wu Wei, which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.”

A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.”

Wu Wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world, (Natural Action). It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which – without even trying – we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.  ~ Clayton Nolte

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