Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place

That's a quote from Lao Tzu.

It has come to my attention recently that I am in way too much of a hurry.
As a person, I naturally operate at a high frequency. I'm always moving around and doing things and planning things and organizing things.
This is not in and of itself a bad trait.
I actually take a lot of pride in my organizational skill set.

As of late, however, I have come to notice some things about myself.
I have been very easily agitated.
I have not been sleeping well.
I have stressed myself out almost daily over things that aren't really that important in the long run.

So the first thing I did was complain to my mom.
She says I need to slow down.

I attempt to be more calm, but I end up stressing that I can't not stress.
I know, it's a little ridiculous. What can I say? I'm kind of high strung.
So I think to myself...."Self, how does one go about slowing down?"

So I did the most obvious thing you can do when you are searching for info: I googled it.

It just so happens that the very first site that came up was a home run. It is called ZenHabits, by Leo Babauta.
It took me through a list of 10 things that you can practice to slow down and enjoy life more. 
I was intrigued, so I kept reading. The next article was about doing less, and getting more out of what you are doing. 

About 8 different times during my reading, words literally jumped off the page at me.
For example:
#6 on the Do-Less list: Do less planning and worrying and future thinking [it might as well have said AMANDA afterwards].
or #3: Do Less managing.
or #5 Do Less complaining and criticizing.
[ok so pretty much all the numbers.]

I highly encourage all of you to read both articles, because even though a lot of it is stuff we have heard in some way, shape, or form before, you never know how something may strike you differently at a different juncture in your life.

I don't want to be agitated and stressed.
I really like sleeping.
So I am going to make a conscious effort to slow my roll
And we'll see what happens.

This Lao guy has some gems..."Do nothing to disturb the spontaneous flow of things."

1 comment:

  1. Love this post. It's so relevant to our demographic since we just exited a very proactive time of our lives. Definitely a big believer in "taking it eaaasssyyyy" as Granddaddy use to say, and I found that I've mellowed out a lot more in the last year and I'm ultimately happier because of it. I get more done because I'm not so worried about what/where I need to do/think/go next.