"In today's rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being." ~Eckhart Tolle
We live in a society that focuses on “doing” – we are all human “doings” rushing from one activity to the next crossing things off our never-ending to do list. When do we spend time as human “beings?”
Can you think of the last time you felt the “joy of just being?”
You must understand that prior to developing a daily meditation and mindfulness practice, I was a human doer. I believed in the Western philosophy that success is based upon all of your accomplishments and all you “do.” I was an overachiever and running so fast in the rat race of life that a friend gave me the book “Art of Doing Nothing” by Vienne and Lennard. The book provides ideas for “being” including tips on the art of breathing, listening, bathing, lounging, napping, and so much more.
Take some time today to just “be.” Take long slow deep breaths, go for a walk without having the purpose to get somewhere, meditate for a few minutes, take a relaxing bath, pamper yourself, watch a sunset, spend time in silence or whatever works for you to slow down. Don’t feel guilty about doing these things; know that you are nurturing your soul.
What can you do to foster the “joy of just being?”
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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