Getting Lost in Just Doing

By Leo Babauta

Sometimes we get discouraged about ourselves: we think, “I’m not doing a good job, I’m not disciplined, I’m not good enough, I suck.” Or something like that.

What can we do? Give ourselves a pep talk? (Sure!) Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!)

Another approach, highly recommended, is to just forget about it.

When we’re discouraged about ourselves, we’re doing a lot of hand-wringing about why we’re not good enough, not amazing enough, not successful enough, not special enough. But what’s so important about being special? Why are we so preoccupied with that? It’s a waste of brain cycles.

Instead, just pick something to work on. Write something, draw something, program something, animate something, sew something. It doesn’t matter. Anything that your heart is drawn to.

Set an intention for this activity: I’m doing this out of compassion for others, out of love for myself, to meet my commitment to so and so.

Now get started: begin actually doing it. Don’t worry about whether you’ll do it for 10 minutes or an hour. Don’t worry about how good you’ll be at it, or what people will think of it, or whether you’ll succeed or not. Those are not relevant to the task.

Just do. Put your mind completely in the activity, in the motion and ideas and emotions, in your body and breath and surroundings. Be completely mindful, completely immersed.

And this child inside yourself, worried about being special? He or she disappears. Gets lost, as you become immersed in the doing.

Try it now. Pick something, set an intention, and start doing. And lose yourself in the doing.

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Want less, have more

It’s either wanting or receiving. The less I want, the more I have. What do I want more of anyway? The feeling or the thing that will, hopefully, produce the feeling?

I want:

more simplicity

more calmness

more presence (presents)

more freedom

more power

more fulfilment

more joy

more love

more often…

 

 

 

 

Anticrastination: the art of constructive non-doing

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If procrastination is “the action of delaying or postponing something” as defined by the Oxford dictionary, then anticrastination is the art of prioritising non-doing as the most wholesome and worthwhile by-pass-time.

Procrastination feels bad, it is putting off the necessary and urgent in favour of that which provides instant, short-term gratification. Anticrastination on the other hand feels good. It is a deliberate choice to de-clutter the mind and purify its incessant urge to express and make happen.

The mind’s normal mode is like a nonstop TV ad segment that flashes random images in relentless succession and takes you for a ride. What you want is to switch to documentary mode where you can observe the natural flow of life at a pace that allows for the appreciation and true savouring of all that is worthy of being truly enjoyed.

The idea for this very post that shook me out of my pleasant, morning bout of anticrastination came from a friend who posted the following on facebook;

To all who procrastinate: “We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?” –The Buddha

For more on this topic, check out the work of Leo Babauta, the master of procrastination remedies. zenhabits.net/procrastination/

Now, back to anticrastination….

The discomfort zone

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If you can get comfortable with the discomfort zone, the place of rapid growth, then you have in large part won life my friend. Anything that you can conceive of in the way of achievement, of becoming, must and does inevitably involve the process of constantly pushing through what were previously boundaries and establishing new and newer comfort zones.

Befriend the discomfort zone.

Zero tolerance for feeling less than the best 2.0; The entry point coordinates

In order to strip to the core, all of this self-help, spiritual mumbo jumbo that I myself willing partake in, the fact of the matter simply remains that all beings wish themselves well and want to feel good.

In the case of us, thinking, human beings, our reason for not feeling good as much and as often as we’d like to is one that is entirely self-induced. The fact that we are unaware and do not know how or why this is, doesn’t change a thing about it being so. We function on many levels, all of which have a massive influence on how we are yet for the most part we remain completely ignorant of all but the grossest of these which is the body and even that we do not understand.

All of the impulses and stimuli that we react to, whether they are internal such as thoughts or external, those pertaining to the 5 senses, all are processed and experienced through the body. It is the body that tells us if we are feeling good or not.

Feeling good is the expression and experience of harmony. When disharmony is being felt it is almost always a result of the minds false interpretations and it happens because we have never cared to give it attention and learnt to tame it. The unruly mind will instantly offer solutions and point to causes of why we aren’t feeling good, all of them external and therefore out of our control. Someone said something to you, you don’t have what you want &/or don’t want what you have, you aren’t who you’d like to be etc.

If you simply keep in mind the primary desire, that all you really want is to feel good and that the only reason you want anything is because you believe it will make you feel good, then you can go directly for the source of what your whole being yearns for. Feeling good. Now.

Unlike the truth which is by its nature simple and easy to understand, most people themselves are just too complicated to recognise it and accept it. Your mind will demand a reason to feel good, something to hold onto from a re-membered past or an imagined future. Alright then, tell it this; “I now understand this divine paradox of working towards what I think will bring me that, which will in turn cause me to feel good, but in order to get it, I need to be feeling good now. I cannot strive for something from a state that I do not prefer and hope to create its opposite.”

When you are outside of the feel-good state you must instantly get back into harmony and the entry point is always now through the gate of acceptance. If you imagine that you will feel good only after certain conditions have been fulfilled then you are again setting yourself up and disadvantaging yourself unnecessarily. Most people are sorrowfully (not blissfully) unaware of how they themselves perpetuate their own misery because if they knew and could see exactly how, they’d stop it instantly.

Accept your situation as it is right now. The situation, whatever it is, does not and is not matter. What matters and all that matters is that you accept it. Acceptance means acknowledging that it is simply the way it is, it does not mean you prefer it nor abhor it. If you refuse to accept the current coordinates of your situation, and it is merely a decision, then you are trying to act from a position in which you are not.

When you get yourself feeling good and learn to hold and raise that frequency, only then do you have something to offer others. You might have thought otherwise but taking care of yourself and making sure that you feel good is actually the most unselfish thing you can concern yourself because when you are in harmony, all those around you benefit a lot more from it than you yourself.