09/29/2010 09:12 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Spiritual Solutions #9: Law of Least Effort, Inside and Out

Law of Least Effort
The fourth spiritual law of success is the Law of Least Effort. This law is based on the fact that nature's intelligence functions with effortless ease and abandoned carefreeness. This is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of harmony and love. When we learn this lesson from nature, we easily fulfill our desires.
In Vedic Science, the age-old philosophy of India, this principle is known as the principle of economy of effort, or "do less and accomplish more." Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing and accomplish everything.
--Adapted from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing and New World Library, 2004).

Easy, Smart Cleaning
There is myth that cleaning with natural materials takes more elbow grease. Baking soda is an incredible cleaner if you dampen it and let it set on, say, the dirty bottom of the oven overnight. It does its work on grease and grime while you are sleeping, thereby taking no elbow grease at all! If it didn't work it is because you didn't leave it on long enough. "Smart" cleaning further means to choose the least toxic approach and also to see if you can reduce the need to clean. For example, you will wash the floor less often if you have a doormat to collect mud from shoes.
--Adapted from Better Basics for the Home, by Annie B. Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).