- Religion and Philosophy
The Art of Becoming More by Doing Less
Every morning or most mornings I wake up and unconsciously compartmentalize each unit of myself or what I believe to be a part of myself into little boxes and go about my day believing that I am these things. Believing that if I say I am all of these things then I am supposed to do something or take some kind of physical action toward each box every day. In this day of multi tasking we are made to believe we are more important when we are busier. When our days are full and overflowing with to do lists or just doing doing doing, this feeds our self importance. This leaves us no time to tune into who we are as simple perfect human beings!
I started believing that I must answer to all compartments I mentioned above. Put a little bit of myself aside to drop into each of these boxes everyday. Is it any wonder that sometimes I feel drained and overwhelmed. These boxes weren't created by anyone else, they were and are created by me. They were created for me to understand that none of these things are only me. They are the creation of the persona or character that must exist in the movie---the movie of my life.
Once I really understood or had digested this metaphor, it was and is easier for me to continue moving through this life. I came to the conclusion that the lesser of those things is "ME" or the "I AM" that is before all of those things, the space and breath before the utterance of those boxed in labels.
Yes those little words represent some part of my journey but they don't define the greater and grander part of "ME", they don't unravel my true essence. The essence that can only be defined by coupling me with the one "SOURCE" that connects all of life.
I am who and what I am in the true moment. The moment of recognition and experience. The moment that I recognize myself as being.
Right now in this moment I am being a writer. I am writing and I am adding to the concept of being a writer in this moment. After this moment, I will be being something else. Something that I choose to be being in the next moment or hour or day. Whether it be being a poet writing a poem or a student learning from a teacher.
Each instance has its own life and its own story to tell. Each instance is me being...
I remind myself that when I do one thing or give to one title then the day is full, or the moment has been fulfilled. I will always be "ME" without effort or extraneous doing or becoming. I already "AM" all of those things that I put into those boxes, I already "AM" being those things without struggling to become them.
In the simplicity of being, the natural feeling thing in the moment, I shed and shake all fear of not accomplishing something or "BEING" someone great...'I ALREADY AM'
I do more on some days and less or nothing on others, guess what? I am still "ME"
We can actually become more in the moment we put down the desire to be more. When we spread our energies too thin through several different channels of action we drain our life force, our soul energy that flourishes in balance and understanding. Those boxes that we unconsciously empty our labels into wreck havoc on our sense of simplicity and peacefulness. We can become whole again and connect to 'SOURCE' when we attach ourselves to less in every moment. We can truly become more LOVING, more TRUTHFUL, more JOYOUS, more PRESENT to the whispers of the light, even more FAITHFUL to our inner paths if we let go and embrace less for more. By simplifying our boxes or getting rid of them altogether we can wrap ourselves around our true essence, the one that creates us whole.
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