Anticrastination: the art of constructive non-doing


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.

Now, back to anticrastination….


Perceptions of reality

Now and then to some individuals “here on earth” has come the perception of reality, sudden unlimited awareness beyond all sense testimony, untouched by the human intellect. But these periods of mental freedom vanish because the negative stage is not yet developed out of itself, and the usual patterns of educated beliefs absorb us once more…This wonderful illumination need not come as brief glimpses only. Eventually it will appear, never, to disappear, because it is divinely inherent in every man, woman and child.
Blueprints for Living – Jean Page Wharton

One of the most fulfilling journeys a soul can make while anchored in the plane of duality, is awareness of and full reconnection and perfect union with their I AM essence, the one some call the Monad, or what I used to refer to as the Divine One Within us. Yet unity consciousness allows us to feel-sense that essence as being everywhere, within and around us, part of the very fabric of creation – like the baseline frequency of life. Apart from being able to nourish us physically via its cosmic micro-food flow, it also aligns us to a rhythm of such peace and contentment, that we find ourselves forever transformed. Its gifts are endless. Its ability to love, guide, heal and nourish us completely, is natural yet profound. It reveals itself in its own way, in its own time, when the energy streams can match it within us and around us, and yet we are never separate from it, it is always there, just its volume alters, the strength or subtlety with which it flows. All of this we can control by understanding the science that drives it all.” Jasmuheen


My favourite quotes on writing;

Here is a short list of some very motivating and empowering thoughts on writing. I am always on the lookout for these nuggets of wisdom and inspiration so please go ahead and share some of your own favourites in the comments section.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. Enrique Jardiel Poncela

“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” ~William Faulkner

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” ~Margaret Atwood

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away. Annie Dillard