Sometimes I wonder how things happen or how information comes our way when it serves us and we truly need it.
Rewind: two weeks ago when I show up for the 500hr Teacher training class. Late of course because I was doing chores at home and thinking just how much needed to be done and maybe I should skip the morning part of class today. So naturally it comes time to leave and I’m running around like a mad yogi trying to get ready for a class I know I should not miss.
Arrival is 15 minutes late, maybe 12 if that sounds better. I walk into the room, find a spot for my mat and land. Hmmmm, exactly what my being needs. My hearts thumping from the dash to the door and up the stairs. I try to breathe slow and settle in as thoughts of being rushed and crazy busy bounce around in my head. Feeling as though that’s my life in a nutshell lately when my teacher Diane speaks these words: I saw something the other day on the internet that caught my attention. We must stop glorifying busy. What? I felt like a comic clip with the picture being Diane hitting me upside the head.
I literally felt as though she reached out to me and *WHAP*…… right upside my head. Her next words were: we need to stop being humans doing and start being humans being. I had to write this down right away of course because this had been a definition of me for the past seven weeks. Some days I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going. Allow me to also add that I obviously wasn’t being. Instead I was living on what my husband calls the fast train. There were days filled with so many tasks and my hands were in every one of them. Only this meant I wasn’t focusing on one at a time where I could have devoted my full attention and given it my all.
Rewind a second time: I had come across an article earlier in the week. Only I was too busy glorifying busy that instead of reading the full article, I did a quick scan/read and luckily got enough information to store safely in my head. This article mentioned we have many things going on but we aren’t doing our best because we aren’t giving our full attention to the task at hand. We would actually be more efficient and the job would be done well with less or no mistakes then if we were multitasking. What I see here is stop busy.
Rewind back to class day: my professor Bijoy joins the class in the afternoon. In the past he has said that “Time is artificial”, today he says “When the brain is active – fully lubricated – time expands”. The picture is already in your head isn’t it? Whap….. upside my head again. By the end of the class I titled my lesson pages Stop BUSY lesson of the day.
This information was fed to me while I was on that fast train. I chewed, swallowed and sat with it. As it digested I realized my stop had come. Time was expanding and I could leave busy behind for some time knowing full well that it lays in wait and will be there if and when I decide to return. For now I will be working on being. You may want to try. I end this with sincere hope that you take me up on that.