The idea of actionless action is a bit foreign in our culture. We have been brought up to think of doing and activity as supremely important. When we were children, if our parents asked us, "What are you doing?" And we said, "Nothing." They always said, "Well, do something!" Yet, when we meditate or practice inner contemplation, we realize that there is a tremendous activity that takes place deep within our being and that the more silent and the stiller we become, the more energy and vitality we feel. And inner stillness and quietude also bring unexpected results from the outer world. Sometimes it seems as if, when we let go of the need to force, control or manipulate outer situations and instead turn within and become still, at peace and at rest, that the outer situations begin to shift and adjust of themselves and to come into alignment and agreement with our deepest needs, wishes and longings.