Balancing *BEING* With “Doing” ~ The Secret To True Rejuvenation

Have you ever heard of the ‘busy bee’ syndrome?  You know what I’m talking about… The never-ending feeling of always being ‘too busy’ and having too much to do?

I think that for most of us, this consumes the majority of our daily lives… And it’s exhausting!  We all have enormous to-do lists, deadlines, meetings, goals to achieve, groceries to buy, bills to pay, kids to take care of, errands to run… The list could literally go on and on for days!

Not only that, but this incessant doing inevitably leads to incessant thinking about the doing.  Our minds have become conditioned to constantly be thinking, dreaming, planning, organizing, preparing, analyzing, worrying, and stressing… Even when we aren’t ‘doing’ anything!  In fact, the average person has about 60,000 thoughts a day, most of which are repeats from the day before!  It’s almost like we’ve lost the ability to turn off the switch and just take a big breath of fresh air!

Ahhhhh…

So you’ve gotta wonder… When does true rest really happen?  When does all the madness stop?  It’s this never-ending mental noise that actually prevents us from feeling… from being. We seem to be more like ‘human-doings’ rather than ‘human-beings’!

How much time do you really spend every day doing NOTHING and not thinking about ANYTHING?  How much time do you allow yourself to really just BE?

Now, if this is a new concept to you, you might be thinking to yourself, ‘But why on earth would I want to do nothing?  That would be boring!’  To the busy mind, this would definitely seem boring.  Your mind wouldn’t have anything to keep it going or to keep it busy.  It would be forced to just rest… And the mind isn’t used to doing such a thing!

But when you allow yourself to just be… to just relax, be still, be present, and think about nothing, that’s when the real magic happens.  That’s when you can sink into something much deeper within yourself.  When the mind softens and thinking becomes less frequent, you can really start to feel true peace.   

I have to say, I’ve been quite the busy bee over the last few weeks myself.  Not only did I work many long hours, but I spent much of my free time thinking and talking about all of the work I had to do!  And this weekend, I realized something… I wasn’t taking enough time for myself to just be.  So I decided to spend a few hours alone at the park, staring at the ocean, meditating, and breathing… And it was such a beautiful experience!  Everything slowed down and I was able to really feel my connection to life again.

It’s truly amazing what can happen when you take time out of your busy schedule to spend time alone and just ‘be’.  It’s during these times that I feel the most blissful, the most at peace, and the most love!  When you let yourself just be and you stop listening to the madness of the mind, you can really start listening to your body…

And I’m not referring to the outward, physical nature of your body.  I’m talking about your ‘inner body’, your being… The one you can only feel when you allow yourself to BE, when you’re completely immersed in the present moment.  If you close your eyes and focus on it, you can feel this subtle aliveness vibrating throughout each and every cell.  And within this inner body, lies the doorway or the entrance to a world that exists beyond the physical form.  THIS is your access point to everything you truly want in life… love, freedom, joy, and peace.

It’s virtually impossible to feel this part of yourself though when you’re stressed, busy, or letting your mind run-a-muck with thought after thought after thought, bouncing around from the past to the future, but never really resting in the present.

So that’s why I want to encourage you to spend some time this week focusing on your inner body and allowing yourself to be a human ‘being’, no matter what your schedule looks like!  Spend some time alone in silence, in nature, or somewhere nourishing to you.  And just *be present*, *feel*, *breathe*.  Let go of any expectations, or judgments, or ideas… Just BE!

The more you practice this, the more bliss and peace you will feel in your life, trust me on this one!  It’s like you’re resting in that place within yourself that is already infinitely at peace… And there’s no better way to truly rejuvenate than to get a little taste of that!

I’m going to set the intention to take time for myself every single day, no matter how much I have to do or no matter what’s going on around me.  Sometimes we just need little reminders to help us get back on track and help us see the bigger picture of what’s truly important in life!

So let me know if you’re ready to commit to yourself!  Are you ready to spend some time BEING this week? 

I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment down below with your thoughts…

And Twitter mentions are always appreciated as well! 

Enjoy YOURSELF today… There’s so much to enjoy about you!!   ;-) 


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Debbie Wood July 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Katie, this is an awesome post. I’m reading The Power of Now right now and this goes along with it so well. It’s so hard to just go, go, go and never take time to stop and smell the proverbial flowers once in a while.

I’m trying to take a little down time every day, even if it’s only five minutes. It still helps a lot.

Thanks for the reminder.

Debbie Wood
.-= Debbie Wood´s last blog ..Your Opinion of Me is None of My Business, Thank You! =-.

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Mike Nielson July 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Awesome idea! Thank you.

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Johan July 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I do not know if im the right person to talk about being busy and stress, those times i get stressed is when i almost get hit by a car for an example.
Stress makes the frequency in the blood to change which to a pattern which is not in harmony which isn’t good for anyone.
One more thing about the mind, do we know how it works? We can only speculate, and one thing is that theres possible that the mind can work faster in the moment?, or when we get stressed up by looking from the now?

MABY the lifelesson is to know why you stress, there is possible to change the reaction of stress, by changing that it leads to understanding and by understanding you will get wisdom hopefully.

Things always start small until you get it in the face and give it up. Sounds familiar?

One thing one can try is to have an eye over your head and look with that on the situation until you get it, or just wait 5 seconds until you make a judgment.

One can only judge after one selves experiences.

“You came into existence depending on whats effect you”-Johan Lundberg

So that means that you are able to change whats effect you just by thought! As thought creates reality.

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Steve Nyhof July 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Thank you Katie for your insight. I understand what you are talking about very well.

I have an eight year old daughter, and sense we moved into town next to a park and lake, we have been enjoying taking bike rides. She will come to me and say she’s bored (I have forgotten the word). So I drop everything, even if I am in the middle of an article and off we go. 30 minutes later she is happy, and I am refreshed.

Thank you for reminding all of us to take a break.
Steve
.-= Steve Nyhof´s last blog ..The Best Internet Marketing Formula to Grow Traffic Faster =-.

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Tal Fighel July 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Katie,

Thanks so much for your great insight. It is so great to just take a few times in the week to focus on breathing and being FREE of any negative thoughts.

Tal

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Art July 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Thank you, Katie, for the wake-up call! The way I discipline
myself–and this is all about auto discipline–is that I always
make it a point “to apply my ABS brakes” at the end of each
day…and spend 5 to 10 minutes assessing and evaluating how
my day went. Most importantly, I ask myself if there is a way
I can do it better the next day! This could take in a quiet
room in my home or outside overlooking an ocean where I could
be alone, all by myself.

This habit will empower your mind, thus you can think better
and you’ll give your fellow men and yourself the treatment
you both deserve. It’s relaxation at its best, if I may add!

Again, thank you for your reminder. Awesome!

Art

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Damayanthi July 13, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Hi Katie,
You are so correct we are too busy “doing” and forget us. We are not even aware that we are alive. This is a habit that I need to develop. Sometimes it feels as if it is “wrong” to have time for myself with all the “stuff” need doing. I believe what you say, if we do this our productivity will increase & obviously will get more things done.

Thanks for this great, meaningful post & I am starting this today.

Damayanthi

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Roger Davis July 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

“Hasten slowly and ye shall soon arive” says Milarepa. We may be working against the grain if we seem to constantly struggle with some aspect(s) of our lives. If we are always tired, agitated, in a rush this is a good indicator that we are “doing” not “being”. Our inclination during these times is to think; I have to do more, work harder to reach that which I strive. In reality, this “rushingness” may be a sign that it is time to do less, to slow down and look within. As Lily Tomlin has said; “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat”.
.-= Roger Davis´s last blog ..Roger L. Davis =-.

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Therese Miu July 13, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Hello Katie, Thanks so much for this POST! Although I can get very self-involved and many endless To do List.. One thing that is closest in my heart is feeling Inner Peace. In fact its the only way that I find so much gratitude to face the world again. Its wonderful to wake up to a new day appreciate the new day thats been given to us. And meditate for a while. And at the end of the day do the same. You will find that these moments are one of the rare moments we are connected to God.
Thanks my dear!

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Jordan Klimp July 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Thanks… Like minded! Jordan

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Fathi Ridwan Basalamah July 14, 2009 at 2:59 am

Yep, thats it!
Healthy life is the result of balancing mind, body and soul,
as well as balancing our personal life, family life and social life. But remember sometimes we have to sacrifice in our life and sometimes it affect badly to our healthy body, mind and soul.
Sometimes not all the time, it happened to us.
The questions is do we really doing the right thing?
If not, hold it and take a rest !

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Subramanian Babu July 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Katie,

I think you are talking about getting connected to the life itself which is lying underneath all life situations including thoughts. Thanks for sharing a very powerful experience which can help evaluate anyone who practices this.

- Babu

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Ivelina July 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm

This is great. Thank you.
We all need some time just to enjoy being.
I was being Asked today to point to them something to look forward to.Like a holiday,or shopping for a new car or something like that.My answer was so simple”I look forward to every day so I can just BE ME”Nothing feels better,than being yourself and sharing your greatness with others.
Thank you for your awesome reminder.
YOU ROCK.

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Quinn Coats July 15, 2009 at 2:35 am

Thanks Katie. It’s always important to take time out for yourself. I always make a conscious effort to mind my negative thoughts before they avalanche into something more. This is the key indicator for me to take a “Time Out” from thinking and rest my weary head…..5 minutes and I’m ready to charge on.

Regards,

Quinn

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Diana July 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I loved this post! One thing people also need to be aware of, is that this could feel very uncomfortable at first. You mentioned that people view it as “boring” to do nothing, but it can also feel very uncomfortable to sit and quiet the mind. We are so used to those 60,000 same thoughts, that it feels very strange when we stop…but, the rewards, if you can hang in there, are amazing! Thanks for this blog!

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Enlightenment & Happiness July 16, 2009 at 5:09 am

Hi Katie! This is my first time here. You invited me here from Twitter today. I am Chuck Bluestein. First off, you have great visitors to this site with them knowing about The Power of Now and quoting Milarepa- the singing Indian Saint. He would preach to people sometimes by singing to them.

I love this website. It may be my favorite website EVER and I have seen countless websites! I feel that your message above is about the most important thing in life. I will back that up below. I love the name of your site since people wish they were born rich so they would not have to worry about money and just work on personal development. But since we were not born rich like Paris Hilton, we have to make that money.

I already heavily follow the advice that you give above. I do not know what it is, but there is something extremely extraordinary about you. Well now that I have found your site, the world wide web has became much brighter place than it ever appeared before. Of course, that means that when you were born, the world became a much nicer place.

I saw you have something about Social Networking Secrets. Hey, I need to learn more about that. I got in Twitter in March and until yesterday did nothing with it except leave 3 tweets. I will figure out the best short message to tweet about your site. I have already put a link to this page on the Steve Pavlina forum about personal development. Have you heard of it? Best of luck and I hope that you find all the happiness that you are looking for and even more. Here are some quotes about happiness:

In the book, The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama says “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”

“How to gain, how to keep, and how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive for all they do.”
William James (one of the most prominent psychologists– graduated Harvard Medical School)

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
Aristotle (Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy.)

“Happiness, though an indefinite concept, is the goal of all rational beings.”
Immanuel Kant (philosopher, Wikipedia says “He is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe and of the late Enlightenment.”)

“It appeared to me obvious that the happiness of mankind should be the aim of all action, and I discovered to my surprise that there were those who thought otherwise.”
Bertrand Russell (Wikipedia says “Russell was an influential philosopher and mathematician.” His books “have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy.”) What is Gravatar?

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Michael Feil July 17, 2009 at 2:55 am

Katie,

Great post! I love your insight. This is what people need to read! Keep these kind of posts coming!

Mike
.-= Michael Feil´s last blog ..Are You On The Right Highway? =-.

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Sara Webster July 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Katie -
I’ve just had my yearly physical and my doctor told me that stress was causing all my physical symptoms. He also suggested relaxing more, exercising more, enjoying more, and having a period each day when I don’t do or think. I really have not committed myself to some of that prescription. But this week I will try to have a time when I just AM.
Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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Michelle Buckley July 30, 2009 at 8:02 am

Hey Katie,

A wonderful article – to invest in ourselves and spend time to just BE is truly a beautiful thing!

Thank you!
Michelle
.-= Michelle Buckley´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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Jordan Klimp August 17, 2009 at 2:27 am

Thinking about what you desire, causes emotional inspiration to act! Acting on what it is that you most truly desire creates what’s most pleasing to you. Being in your desire will increase the power of your emotions, inspiring greater awareness to choose more pinpointed decitions on the things you most truly to prefer, flowing in this ever moving stream of well being. If you relax and go with the flow of well being, the ride will be the joy of your passions!
.-= Jordan Klimp´s last blog ..Integrating Empowerment & Financial Freedom =-.

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kingshuk August 24, 2009 at 3:27 am

When I was able to find that inner stillness that unmovable awareness that is beyond mind and body that is the most beautiful experience I have ever had. Day by day its becoming more easy to connect to that stillness.:)
.-= kingshuk´s last blog ..Osho..his words cuts me like a thunderbolt! =-.

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Amanda October 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Hey Katie!
Thanks for sharing this amazing insight with us. I am very guilty of constantly thinking of what I need to do, analyzing every which way to get it done… and then procrastinating the action to accomplish it.
Thank you for reminding me to be in the moment, relax, and enjoy BEING.

Yours in Growth,
Amanda
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..SuperQuick Tip Of The Week – Take Action! =-.

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Neal Martin November 16, 2009 at 5:20 am

Steeping in a hot bath…no better way to take time out.

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Shannon Tecson March 8, 2010 at 12:11 am

I love just “BE-ing.” It was tough at first but amidst all the drama that used to be in my life a few years ago, being alone and quiet was the only place that I could find peace. That habit today is frequent in my life and I am grateful when I give myself the opportunity to just be with myself. Pure peace…Thank you Katie :)
.-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..Amongst Other Gifts You Can Gain Through A Home Based Business =-.

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Sukie Baxter May 26, 2010 at 4:21 am

My motto is “Being precedes doing.” Nothing you do from a state of chaos will have any effect. This is particularly evident in trying to lose weight. Calm the mental chatter first, get present in the moment, and THEN let’s work toward physical transformation.
.-= Sukie Baxter´s last blog ..Rolfing is NOT Torture =-.

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Francesco May 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

WOW That’s a WONDERFUL post Katie!
I use to do this in the morning, when I’m in my bed, and in the afternoon, walking in Nature.
It takes time and practice, but it’s gradually becoming a state of being. The more you do it, the more you wanna do it.
I sometimes think that there are more important things to think and focus on, but there aren’t. In fact, I’ve thought all my life-long, what I’ve asked as already been given and all I have to do is allow myself the time to receive. And that is one of the bests way to to this.
Thank you for allowing yourself the time to share this, I really appreciate this.

Francesco
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..How to have a great time while driving your car! =-.

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Francesco May 31, 2010 at 2:46 am

P.S.
Is it great how a post form a year ago can still generate so much value, isn’it?
This kind of posts will always be alive.
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Why are you so beautiful? Because I’m happy! =-.

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Luis September 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

Hi Katie,

This is awesome. There is sooo much I having learning from you.
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Carlos M. September 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I think we all have fall into ‘busy bee’ syndrome
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