“It’s raining outside”, exclaimed my husband with glee.
“What a great excuse to do nothing”, he declared while prioritising his DVD viewing for the day.
I smiled in agreement and began planning a day of reading and leisure for myself.
It was then that I began to think about our response to this unexpected precipitation from the sky.
Why did we need an excuse to do nothing?
Our culture and lifestyle dictate a certain expectation – work hard, play hard and all that kafuffle.
Why did I feel so compelled to comply?
And when was it exactly that things changed so much that busyness became perceived as efficiency and effectiveness? When did busyness become associated with a sense of prowess or prestige?
It’s almost like it became a good thing to declare yourself as busy.
I’ve done it myself.
Recently, as I entered my local gym, I was asked how my day had been. I responded with ‘busy’ as though this was a great achievement. The person behind the counter nodded his understanding and flashed an all-knowing smile – he’d been there too. It’s like a secret handshake in a prestigious fraternity, bringing us together in our busyness.
Often our state of busyness is a self-inflicted cycle put in place to distract us from what’s really going on in our lives.
Without the busyness, the constant distractions, we would be forced to look at our lives completely differently. And, we may not like what we see.
The main concern of leading and maintaining a hectic schedule is the detrimental effects it may have on our health.
· 91% of adult Australians claim to suffer from work-related stress, according to a Lifeline survey. The categories of
work (53% of respondents), and thoughts about the future (51%), continue to be the biggest drivers.
· The Australian Bureau of Statistics reflects that 34.9% of males and 42.4% females always/often feel rushed or
pressed for time.
· The Australian Bureau of Statistics states one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any year.
Many people experience a sense of being overwhelmed and time poor. We rarely provide ourselves with the time or the permission to slow down and relax.
Now is the perfect time to assess what is important for you to live a wholesome and balanced life and to go ahead and make some positive changes.
At times our thoughts and actions are influenced by the need for approval, the need to be in control, to hold the power and quite often by the sense of fear.
These are all low vibrational, negative energy forms and often lead to us making poor decisions or adopting destructive, unhealthy behaviours.
These thought forms and behaviours do not serve us. In fact they restrict us and prevent us from learning, growing and evolving along our journey of life. Remember that you always have a choice.
To move beyond these limiting behaviours and provide yourself with clarity of mind to make clearer decisions, better decisions, simply provide yourself with space.
Space for wholesome thought.
Space for observation.
Space for change.
You can create this space through regular meditation.
The choice is yours.
The Moon & You app can help you make that choice an easy one. All you need to do is find a quiet place and tune in to one of our meditations. Close your eyes. Embrace space and embrace peace. Yes, the choice really is yours!
Author Angelique Pratten