2015.07.01

You’re Not Too Busy


Synopsis: Busy-ness is actually an excuse for not dealing with, or even setting, your priorities.


I was just doing a bit of scanning of my Facebook page, and came across a link to an article on “Meditation for busy people.” When I see stuff like that, I tend to move rapidly past. But something caused me to roll back up to it.

Turns out that the link is to the OSHO site, and OSHO was one of my favourite guru-like guys. Here’s the quote they used:

Osho Meditation for Busy People — Step 1:
Daily Watching:
“Start being aware with day-to-day, routine actions, and while you are doing your routine actions, remain relaxed.
There is no need to be tense. When you are washing your floor, what is the need to be tense? Or when you are cooking the food, what is the need to be tense? There is not a single time in life that requires your tension. It is just your unawareness and your impatience.“
Osho

I’m going to come back to this quote, but first, let’s talk about being busy.

The Bored Board

The Bored Board

Thing is, no one is Busy, busy.

By this I mean, no one is so busy that they do nothing. When we say, “I’m too busy,” we mean, “I’m too busy for that.”

I hope you can see, then, that the issue is not busy-ness, but rather one’s priorities.

In my book, The. Best. Relationship. Ever. I wrote about a client I had, who I called Peter Pan.

Short version, at the time of the story, he was almost 60, was married to one of my clients, had a Ph.D., was a prof, and despite being married, was spending his every free moment searching the world for his soul mate. He just knew she was out there.

Here’s a quote from the story:

I know for a fact that my wife is not my soul mate. She’s a nice person to live with while I wait to meet my soul mate. I have been in many, many relationships, but none have worked out, because I never found my soul mate. Even though I am now married, I am still looking for her.” (Hint to Peter Pan: You can’t find her; she lives in Never-Never Land!)

Scratching my head, I asked, “How will you know your soul mate when you meet her; how will the relationship differ from your many previous relationships?”

He replied, “She will be beautiful and completely focussed on making me happy. There will never be any conflict, disagreement, or problems. We will live a life of complete personal, relational, and sexual bliss.”

I was glad I was not drinking coffee, or it would have shot out of my nose.

The. Best. Relationship. Ever. p. 7

Now, if you have a look at what he wanted, versus what he had, you might be able to discern this: he thought that, when he found the right person, there would be no work involved. Relating would “just happen.”

In other words, he was too busy to work on relating, and large ego leading, figures he’s too special to have to.

Not that he ever put it this way, but really, his career, his studies, his research, and his world-travelling (seeking the Wendy to his Peter Pan) are his priorities.

And here’s the kicker! Since he’s clearly too busy to work on relating, as a solution, he, a Ph.D. proposes magic.

This is typical scenario for broken relationships. Lots of lip service to “working things through,” but no actual work. No therapy. No “30 minutes a day of uninterrupted conversation” (an exercise in my book, This Endless Moment.) Because, of course, “I / we am / are too busy to spend 30 minutes a day talking.”

This is not about busy-ness. Relating is simply not a priority.

Back to the OSHO quote.

You could assume, by the title, that OSHO was actually saying that people are busy, and therefore, here are some shortcuts. But the quote above recommends:

Start being aware with day-to-day, routine actions, and while you are doing your routine actions, remain relaxed.”

Does that sound like 3 minutes a day to bliss? Or, rather, does it not sound like, “Hey! Idiot! Pay attention!”

Do something (irony alert!) simple. Pay attention to ALL OF your routine actions, AND THEN, remain relaxed.

This is a prescription for changing everything.

In order to do so, though, you’d have to make it a priority. It would have to to take precedence over, say, sitting around in the evening, drinking Scotch and “unwinding.” It would have to take precedence over watching TV instead of talking.

Back when we had a home 😉 we also had a hot tub, and Darbella and I did our 30 minutes a day of re-connecting whilst soaking in 105 degree water. Did it for years and years. Why? Because relating was our priority. And remember, we’re not special, yet were able to do so while enjoying two successful and fun careers. And sure, there were times one or the other of us would have preferred to put it off.

But, you see, that would have been laziness.

OSHO’s point, and mine, is this: if you spend your life in unawareness of what you, yourself, are doing (and I stressed that because most people blame others or “life” for their issues) then “stuff” will take over. Busy-ness will take over. And you’ll start justifying your busy work. And the things you say are important — relating, meditating, elegant parenting, elegance in general — will fall by the wayside.

The way out is taking the time to actually set your priorities, and then to do what is necessary to live what you declare to be important. No magic, no blaming. Just moment-by-moment awareness and moment-by-moment action.

Not another thing to do. Another way of being.


2015.06.03

Front, Back — Yin, Yang

Synopsis: We have within us a range of abilities, views, and attributes. Today we have a look at how they might better play with each other. Front, Back — Yin, Yang

In This Moment
Last time…

You likely know that I have a separate site for my books–The Phoenix Centre Press. I mention this because Darbella and I have been editing a work of fiction from a new author, W. Asher Charles.
The Kindle Version is available here, and
the Amazon paperback is here.
I’ve linked to Amazon.com; if you shop at other Amazon locations, just search for W Asher Charles.
The book is called Walking Through, and it’s a sci fi adventure complete with a Zen flavour, ninjas, sex, and the multiverse.
(Please note! Adult content!)
If you’d like to read a sample (Amazon limits us to releasing 10% of the book as a preview, and it’s just over 110,000 words) we’ve set up a pdf of Continue Reading…

2015.06.02

Change Isn’t Possible, but Choice Always Is

Synopsis: people are always trying to change things… usually other people… and annoy themselves when the “same old thing” occurs. They miss the point: Change Isn’t Possible, but Choice Always Is

NOW Available!

You likely know that I have a separate site for my books–The Phoenix Centre Press. I mention this because Darbella and I have been editing a work of fiction from a new author, W. Asher Charles.
The Kindle Version is available here, and the Amazon paperback is here. I’ve linked to Amazon.com; if you shop at other Amazon locations, just search for W Asher Charles.
The book is called Walking Through, and it’s a sci fi adventure complete with a Zen flavour, ninjas, sex, and the multiverse.
(Please note! Adult content!)
From the back cover:
Roberta Thatcher is fresh out of grad school, dating her roommate’s father, and starting a new job at a company known for its secrecy Continue Reading…

2015.06.01

The Joys of Self Sabotage

Synopsis: today we take a walk through the joys of self sabotage — our propensity to get in our own way — and discover a few things we can do to stop ourselves

NOW Available!

You likely know that I have a separate site for my books–The Phoenix Centre Press. I mention this because Darbella and I have been editing a work of fiction from a new author, W. Asher Charles.
The Kindle Version is available here, and the Amazon paperback is here. I’ve linked to Amazon.com; if you shop at other Amazon locations, just search for W Asher Charles.
The book is called Walking Through, and it’s a sci fi adventure complete with a Zen flavour, ninjas, sex, and the multiverse.
(Please note! Adult content!)
From the back cover:
Roberta Thatcher is fresh out of grad school, dating her roommate’s father, and starting a new job at a company known for Continue Reading…