We hear so much about Being Here Now, and it is incredibly wise advice.
Of course, we need to know how to get out of all distraction, and just be. Of course, being is all we are.
And yet, sometimes, we’re supposed to do, not be.
Sometimes, being can be a way of hiding out, detaching, not to be present by saying we’re being overly present.
Sometimes, doing is what is called for.
There are obvious times when doing is imperative: if you witness someone fall on the sidewalk, you don’t just close your eyes and go into meditation on the event. Of course, you spring up and race over and help the person stand up.
You do, because that is what is called for.
If your child is hungry for dinner and it is your normal meditation hour, you don’t close the door and go meditate. You go into the kitchen and you make your child some food.
You do, because this is what is called for.
Check your own position on doing vs. being.
If you’re still not sure, maybe David Bowie can help: on “Modern Love.” he sings: “I know when to go out, and when to stay in. Get things done.” Channel your inner Bowie.
If you’re really active and out there and always running around, it’s time to slow down into being. If you live very slow, mostly relaxing, inner focused, continually turning inward, it’s time to speed up into doing.
We all have many facets and sides to our Selves. It’s important to utilize them all.
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