When I’m feeling weighed down by tasks and obligations all of the spiritual texts in the world won’t make me feel balanced or peaceful. In this state even a spiritual practice can turn into another box to check off on a never-ending “to-do” list.
When you start to feel like you’re in a race and you just can’t keep up, stop. Stop right where you are, have a seat, and ask yourself, “What did I learn?” You might get an answer, or you might get silence. Either way, you stepped off the treadmill of time onto the solid foundation of the now.
Tonight I stopped to ask myself that question and got 3 easy answers that make being a human a lot less difficult:
1. Relish the accomplishments of others. They are your own.
2. If you’re having a bad day and something makes you smile or laugh, let your mood change.
3. Planning to do many things can lead to stagnation and feeling overwhelmed. Instead choose to do one thing, and only when it is over think of another thing to do.