I know a group of people who are trying not to overwork, but rather to pace themselves. They have some wonderful tools including a meditation on prioritizing. Here’s what they have to say, “We decide which are the most important things to do first. Sometimes that may mean doing nothing. We strive to stay flexible to events, reorganizing our priorities as needed. We view interruptions and accidents as opportunities for growth.”
THIS IS PERFECT for me today. I have to view my broken toe as an opportunity to take my meditation time more seriously. Each day I endeavor to sit in meditation before reading emails or texts, before checking voice mail or doing anything other than feeding the dogs and making the bed. Had I adhered to this instead of trying to drag a huge electric blanket out of the linen closet, I likely would not have dropped a solid sculpture on my toe. Granted, I could have been hurt after meditating, but I am usually hurt before.
I do not pause easily. I pause more than ever before, but it is still so terribly imperfect. I am reminded of a wonderful Indian saying, “Sometimes I go about in pity for myself when all the while a great wind is bearing me across the sky.”
May we meet somewhere in the wind.