What are we busy about?

by Christina on March 31, 2010

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”

 ~Henry David Thoreau

That is a good question, what ARE we busy about?!

Today is one of those days where almost every minute of my day is scheduled.

5:05 wake up. Make coffee, make lunch, write emails, read news/blogs. Practice (in by 6:25, out by 8:25). Home for quick shower and breakfast. On bike by 8:45. Clinic all day (scarfed down lunch of PB&J, fruit salad from fruit cart, and avocado mmm). Biostats class 4-7pm (here now… hungry again, multi-tasking, catching up on emails). Birthday taco dinner (Happy birthday, Caitlin!!) then Fanfarlo concert.

The more hectic the day, the more I need morning practice… it helps keep my mind un-busy even if my body isn’t.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

yogayoga April 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

That is so true! It's not about the activity, it's about your state of mind. The clam within the storm as I've been told.

Good luck!

Yoga Thailand


adam April 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm

When I shared this stanza of this poem (below) with Christina and she asked me,
"Wait for what?"
It was a great question, after some effort the only good answer I came up with was:
the "what" is like a Zen koan unique to each person

from poem 'A Psalm of Life'

Not enjoyment and not sorrow
is our destined end or way
but to act that each tommorrow
finds us further than today.
In the world's broad field of battle
in the bivouac of life
be not dumb like driven cattle
be a hero in the strife.
Let us then be up and doing
with a heart for any fate
still achieving still pursuing
learn to labor and to wait.


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