We have a syndrome in our country that sounds like this: I’m busy. I’m too busy to call my friend, I’m too busy to sleep enough; I’m too busy for that. This line of thinking quickly reveals the deeper issue.
We collectively think that being busy makes us better; successful; worthy; valued or some other crazy thing we think we are lacking.
I had the opportunity to speak with a group of highly successful women today at the Scottsdale Neighborhood luncheon of the National Association of Women Business Owners. As we explored the idea from my book, Falling Into Ease, I shared some parts of my story, the parts that were my spiritual initiation a few years back.
We then took a look at where would we like to experience more ease in our lives and what keeps us from doing so.
One woman spoke into the syndrome of being busy. She does not play that card nor that game, but feels outside pressure to be busier. As we explored it, we discovered that it is a deep thread in our culture. One that sort of defines us, even if it is under the surface of what we believe.
It is cause to so many of our habits and patterns; those of putting others first and not taking extreme care of ourselves; one of putting ourselves last on the list of To Dos. Things like massages, naps and even vacations are few and far between, because… well, we are just too busy.
I was talking with another friend, earlier in the day about the same thing, about how we are so busy that it is hard to get caught up, hard to just relax and play. Almost always, the thought of being busy comes up in our conversations.
So, what do we make of this?
It’s a pattern, it’s a habit, but that’s the good news! Why? Because now that we notice it, we can change it.
First and foremost, you can choose again. Make conscious choices about being busy. I was busy today and by the time I got home, I was tired, but I still had to write my blog and I’m getting ready to teach a class in a few minutes. So, how about getting it all done?
In light of the conversations today, I came home and took a nap. After my nap, I was actually more productive and present to what needs to be done.
One of the basic tenants of the principles in my book is creating space. When I give myself permission to lay down for a few minutes, my brain quiets, my body rests and I doze or daydream. When I sit up to go again, I’m refreshed in a way that feels good and spacious.
Give yourself a break today! Lay down your Busy card and consciously choose to take time for you!
In-Joy and With Ease,
Aliza Bloom Robinson, author, speaker, vibrational catalyst; touches hearts, frees souls and transforms lives through her simple yet profound programs and courses. She is the author of the #1 Amazon Best Selling book, Falling Into Ease – Release Your Struggle and Create a Life You Love, and the companion Guidebook. Join the fb community Falling Into Ease for daily tips, ideas, coaching and more!