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….

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Live your life intelligently, with the interests of your deepest self always in mind.

After all, what do you really want? Not perfection; you are already perfect. What you seek is to express in action what you are. For this you have a body and a mind. Take them in hand and make them serve you.

To imagine that some little thing — food. sex, power, fame — will make you happy is to deceive yourself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy. The self is universal and its aims are universal. There is nothing personal about the self. Increase and widen your desires till nothing but reality can fulfil them. It is not desire that is wrong, but its narrowness and smallness. Desire is devotion. By all means be devoted to the real, the infinite, the eternal heart of being. Transform desire into love. All you want is to be happy. All your desires, whatever they may be, are expressions of your longing for happiness. Basically, you wish yourself well.  

The longing to be happy is there because you love yourself. By all means love yourself — wisely. What is wrong is to love yourself stupidly, so as to make yourself suffer. Love yourself wisely. Both indulgence and austerity have the same purpose in view — to make you happy. Indulgence is the stupid way, austerity is the wise way. Once you have gone through an experience, not to go through it again is austerity. To eschew the unnecessary is austerity. Not to anticipate pleasure or pain Is austerity. Having things under control at all times is austerity. Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience.

Live an orderly life, but don’t make it a goal by itself. It should be the starting point for high adventure.

Influence = in-fluence, ie. flowing in

yet another beautiful example of the meaning in and behind the words that we take for granted or don’t quite comprehend. As signposts, words serve a tremendous purpose but it is important to keep the attention on the reality they are pointing to rather than staring at the sign (word) in the hope of direction. It reminds me of our beloved Tessie, a boxer (dog) we had when I was young. I would point to show her something she might be wanting to chase but instead of looking in the direction I hoped, she stared intently at my pointing hand.

Anyway, back to the signpost of the day; Influence. Who wouldn’t want in-fluence?

Inspired Action

Be aware of the big difference between inspired action and activity. Activity comes from the brain-mind and is rooted in disbelief and lack of faith – you are taking action to “make” your desire happen. Inspired action is allowing the law to work through you and to move you.

Activity feels hard. Inspired action feels wonderful.
May the joy be with you,

Rhonda Byrne

Creator of The Secret

repeat after me: I AM AWESOME!

I have discovered that the essence of all achievement, all fulfilment, satisfaction, true and lasting contentment is feeling good about yourself. Not in an egoistic kind of way of course, but in a way that can probably be best described by the word; acceptance.

Regardless of the current situation you may be finding yourself in, whether it is one that is more on the desirable side or whether it is the opposite, you can feel good about yourself. You can gently ease the burden of the destructive forces of self-judgement and begin to feel good about yourself by accepting what is as it is.

You cannot lead from behind nor can you lead from too far ahead, it is necessary to affirm your current position and to accept it in all honesty. When this is done, whether consciously and deliberately or not, a transformative effect takes place. By feeling good about yourself you suddenly allow positive effects to flow through you and become manifest. No effort or struggle required, it happens on its own, spontaneously and joyfully.

I’ve noticed that when I am not in my peak zone,  i.e. when resistance is present, I find that I thwart my own progress and sabotage the things that I claim to want. This contradiction and conflict between what we claim to want and what we actually create by our thoughts and actions appears to be not only “a” human dilemma, but THE human dilemma.

If we were able to act in perfect alignment with the things we claim to want to have and experience in our lives then all would be very, very well for us and with us. To get to wherever you imagine yourself going you need to begin from where you are; the place is here, the time is now and without any exaggeration; YOU ARE AWESOME.

Allow that to be your default setting.

The purpose of a clean & well-ordered life

Q: Sorry. But I just do not understand. You say you are bodiless and mindless, while I see you very much alive and articulate.

Maharaj: A tremendously complex work is going on all the time in your brain and body, are you conscious of it? Not at all. Yet for the outsider all seems to be going on intelligently and purposefully. Why not admit that one’s entire personal life may sink largely below the threshold of consciousness and yet proceed sanely and smoothly?

Q: Is it normal?

M: What is normal? Is your life – obsessed by desires and fears full of strife and struggle, meaningless and joyless – normal?  To be acutely conscious of the body – is it normal? A healthy body, a healthy mind live largely unperceived by their owner; only occasionally, through pain or suffering they call of attention and insight. Why not extend the same to the entire personal life? Once can function rightly, responding well and fully to whatever happens, without having to bring it into focus of awareness.

When self-control becomes second nature, awareness shifts its focus to deeper levels of existence and action. 

Q: Don’t you become a robot?

M: What harm is there in making automatic, what is habitual and repetitive? it is automatic anyhow. But when it is also chaotic it causes pain and suffering and calls for attention. The entire purpose of a clean and well-ordered life is to liberate man from the thraldom of chaos and the burden of sorrow.