Being is the New Doing

Yoga West

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck on a never-ending hamster wheel, spinning around and around but going nowhere? I find it easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of doing and accomplishing – ticking things off my to-do list, feeling like I could be successful if I just made it through the list.


But the list never ends. And more and more, I’m discovering that what feels good for me is being, instead of doing.


My list is still there … I still enjoy setting goals and accomplishing “things”. I like the feeling of moving forward – it can be very addictive. But as I take time to practice yoga and meditation, and as those ways of living permeate into the rest of my life, what has become sacred to me is the time I take for being – it is where I find the most joy.


I walked along a beach recently and let myself linger… warm sand, icy waves, bright sun. And I felt joy and love , in a way that I never feel from completing tasks. Not just from being on the beach – city walks, when taken with the same sense of awareness and appreciation, bring equal joy. It’s the sense of presence and feeling that get me there.


So I’m taking more time for being – shortening my to-do list, aiming to sift through all the possible and potential things and focus on a just a few important ones; incorporating even just a couple short moments of being into my day. The result? More joy … more peace… more love.


Photo by Ali Schilling Photography

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