Do you have some unhelpful habits? Like most of us I come equipped with a colourful range of habits, some of which could do with a rethink. For me, my most unhelpful or worst habit is busyness.
Mabel, one of our chickens, reminded me of this again last night. Mabel laid her third spongy egg last night. She had a bit of a wobbly day yesterday and did not put herself to bed with Myrtle, last night. We were exploring around the garden with our torches late last night trying to find her. Finally, we found her with her nestled in the dirt, her spongy egg by her side. I tucked her up in bed with Myrtle, and reflected on what she was reminding me. After the second spongy egg incident I had rung Patty at Eggcelent Chickens - she had told me she thought Mabel may have been stressed and rushed her egg through, not allowing for time for the shell to form properly. OMG - that is me rushing around forgetting to take the time to recoup and rest so I can keep going.
In the 'Overcommitment, Why? The Busyness Trap' blog I wrote about busyness and how
These past weeks I have found myself running around like crazy, procasta-sewing and procasta-baking. I have been making octopus costumes, painting yellow submarines, sewing pyjamas, paper maché-ing disco balls, for our tap concert and baking chocolate cakes, biscuits and bread. I have loved doing all of this,as I so love a good crafter noon and time in the kitchen. But, I was reminded by Mabel, often what we are best at points to what we are worst at. So I am best at being busy (or active, as my friend Monique says) and not so good at taking a rest. So when is it good to be lazy or to take a rest? It is good to take a rest to refuel so I can continue to do my best to be active for others, joyfully. So maybe some, time on the couch reading or a 5 minute recharge, is what is needed.
For me, busyness and laziness are two sides of the same 'distraction coin'. They both, prevent us from doing what needs to be done. What needs to be done can include to take a rest or prioritise doing something. Balance is important - there are times for activity and times for rest too.
The ancient texts on mindfulness and meditation have lists of obstacles to remaining mindful during meditation and at other times. Number one on the list is laziness (or busyness), the others include, lack of perseverance, excessive effort and distraction.
Interestingly the texts explain that the
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