We think of "flow"--being in the zone, which creates a feeling of effortless action--as a modern pursuit. In fact, Confucius focused many years on achieving a state of wu wei, which far exceeds the benefits of flow.
Confucius's efforts--his rituals, study, and practice--are explored from a neuroscience perspective in Edward Slingerland's latest critically-acclaimed book Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. The flow that we strive to achieve in the modern age is nothing compared to wu wei.
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