Who am I when I am not “Doing”? I imagine it will take a lifetime to unravel this riddle. Question really is, can I slow down the ‘doing’ side of my nature long enough to simply enjoy being? The two seem so inter-meshed, like different sides of the same coin. One implies action, the Act of Do. The other is a more passive state, yet requires cultivation -the Art of Being.
Wait, is BEING really passive? You could be doing nothing overtly, but enjoying a state of being-ness. There is a required objectiveness, as if observing yourself from a third person perspective, the internal “I” watching over… Melissa is observing the clouds. Melissa is breathing in and exhaling out… Even in being, there is the act of observation, the internal watcher and narrator who often dons the hood of the judge and critic. So tricky all of this!
So first, you allow yourself to simply BE. You make time for it. Then, it is happening. Then, sensation arises. You enjoy Being. But WAIT, are you allowed to just feel this pleasure of doing nothing? And is the act of simply Being the same as doing nothing? Surely this feels like more than nothing. My pleasure is important. My well being is important…. but why does it feel uncomfortable to feel good? The mind wanders to all the many To Do lists pounding away at the brain. You falter in your beingness. You feel judgement towards yourself for suspending the taskmaster always driving you to DO. Then, you catch yourself in this mental chatter and self judgement.
Feel into this… what will happen if I feel good? Who will keep up with all the Doing? What is getting done? Truth is, the lists will always continue to grow. The doing will always be there to return to. Breathe in and out again -slip back into a state of Being.
Ahhh, there. There you are. Just BE.
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Great article, and it is that simple and that complicated. I just reread, ³The Untethered Soul² by Michael Singer. He talks about the same concept and while I agree with him my head hurts when I try to grasp it.
Melissa, I think about you daily and send you healing thoughts. You are a Warrior along the lines of the Samurai and their Code of the Bushiho. Their symbol is the Cherry Tree because of its beauty, suppleness, and strength. I believe that defines you.
On 10/17/14 9:16 AM, “melissa’s healing hope” wrote:
> Melissa Eppard posted: “Who am I when I am not “Doing”? I imagine it will take > a lifetime to unravel this riddle. Question really is, can I slow down the > ‘doing’ side of my nature long enough to simply enjoy being? The two seem so > inter-meshed, like different sides of the same ” >
Hee hee. I wonder if this is a Scorpio thing too?
I notice that my honey has a hard time letting himself just be. He is a work drivin human. He is a seeker and his lists are always running.
I notice that sometimes it is hard for him to fathom how i can just “be” when there is so much to do all around.
I love to just do nothing. But i am a Leo and basking in moments is one of my forte’s.
Funny part of that is that i have not had a long moment to just “be” in quite some time. As the work/job takes too much of me.
Thanks for the reminder. ❤
Good observation! The I Ching says that waiting and building up your reserves are just as important as taking action. Yin and Yang. You cannot fill back up unless you empty. Just the Laws of Physics manifesting as spirituality 🙂 Feel good and enjoy the waiting, nourishment period.
Great reminder Kim, thank you!!