“You should sit in mediation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
~ Old Zen Adage
I have to get to work. I have to pick up the kids. I have to run to the store to get groceries. I have to go for my workout…I have to…I have to…I have to…
How did we let our lives get so busy? And for what? Do we enjoy ourselves more because we are busy?
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like the busyness of our lives these days. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do all of the things I “need” to do. I am sure you find things the same way. It is rare to find anyone who isn’t run off their feet these days.
Well, I’ve had enough. I have had enough busyness. I have had enough of running here and there trying to get a never-ending list of things done. It is time for my life to change.
Actually, this is how I felt a while back. And I did change my life. It was difficult to keep on track, but I simplified and became far less busy.
How did I do it? I made a decision. Then I followed it with a serious intention to bring my life to a less busy state.
Although I had a lot going, I was able to slowly make my way out of my busyness. I learned a great new word…”NO!” That one word has helped me more than you would ever believe in my bid to simplify my life. I kept all of the commitments that I had when I made the decision to simplify, but when asked to take on something new, I said, “NO!”
At first I was afraid that people would take offense. But then I realized that my life is about me, and if they take offense with me, then so be it. I had made my decision and I was going to stick to it, no matter what happened. Guess what…people didn’t take offense. As a matter of fact, some told me they admired me for the courage that I showed in sticking resolutely to my intention. This was only one of the things I did.
I also started to meditate. I had meditated in the past, but I had never really taken the practice seriously. Now I approached it with determination. It is amazing what that meditation did for my life. I became so much calmer throughout my day. I never felt rushed, and yet, believe it or not, everything go done…every day.
My meditation enabled me to become more reflective in what I was doing at any time. It helped me to become present minded…to remain with what I was doing completely, my whole body, and my whole mind. My days to attempting to multi-task were gone…and I was so much more productive!
Today I do more in a day than I ever did before. It is like magic. I go about my day calmly and with intent. I am fully present (for the most part – I am far from perfect at this) with each thing I do in my day. I approach things without rushing, knowing that they will, almost as if by magic, get done in a timely fashion without the rush.
So if you’ve had it with the “rat race,” if you’re tired of running yourself ragged every day just to try to keep up, not even allowing yourself time to realize how unhappy you are with the whole thing, then I suggest you make the decision to do something about it. Set your intention to become less busy. Learn to say “no,” and find a way to become more present minded. You will never regret the decision.
Try this, even for a short time. I guarantee that once you get the hang of it, you will never go back to the old busyness that occupied your life in the past.
Leave us a comment and let us know how you are doing with this. Let us know how your life has changed. What techniques did you uncover? How is your life different? We really want to know.