Doing and Being

December 11, 2017
Doing and Being Photo by Colton Duke on Unsplash

Think of your daily life and routines. How much of your time is spent in “Doing” mode? This could include striving, thinking, helping, caring, fixing, problem solving, desiring, working, etc. Many of us spend most of our time in “Doing” mode.

Our culture rewards doing, activity, action, productivity, and efficiency. In fact, for many of us the only time we might step out of “Doing” mode is when we sleep.

In contrast to “Doing”, there is an entirely different mode that we can call “Being”. Just “Being” is what happens when we drop all doing, all effort.

If you can trust into “Being”, our bodies can relax, we can release emotional stress, and we can experience a deep sense of peace and restoration.

Reflect for a moment on your own life. How much time do you spend in “Doing” mode and how often are you just “Being”? Meditation practice can promote “Being”, and so can other things, like being in nature or simply relaxing with nothing to do, nowhere to be.