Human being or human doing?

     Too often we’re focused on the things on our to-do list.  Shopping, paying bills, doing laundry, preparing meals, meeting the demands of a job.  When not doing, we often find ourselves thinking about what has to be done to plan for future needs or rehashing past problems and annoyances.  We may find that leaves little time and energy to be present in the here and now.

     How often do you just sit, taking in your surroundings?  Allow yourself to daydream, enjoy stroking a pet, or reflect on your achievements?  Pay attention to the flavor of a cup of tea, the aroma of coffee brewing, the sound of birds chirping outside your window, or the sight of children playing?

     It’s not only permissible for you to take time to just BE without having to DO, but it’s essential to your health and well-being.  So, be still, take a deep breath, pay attention to what your various senses are experiencing, and enjoy the experience of being in the here and now.  Trust me, the problems of the past and demands of the future will still be there, but you may find you’ll cope with them better when you learn to take more time to just BE.