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The only thing I need to do is be here now ....

Saw this morning through the ever wise [livejournal.com profile] dicea a quote I need to see and read and take to heart.

“If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to change what you are doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. “How” is always more important than “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.

Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. This implies that you also completely accept what is, because you cannot give your full attention to something and at the same time resist it.

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love—even the most simple action.”
-Eckhart Tolle

The dangers of oversimplification I guess

Date: 2013-04-23 01:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drwex
While I see what you might be aiming for (which I would speak about in the language of mindfulness) I totally disagree with the formulation that "how is more important than what".

We are what we do. You know what they call the guy who graduates with the lowest grade in med school? Doctor. If being a doctor is what you want to do, then do that as best you can. Being a great musician when your heart longs to be treating sick people isn't necessarily a good choice.

It might not surprise you then that I disliked "A Man For All Seasons" particularly the bit where he yammers on about how it only counts if you do something for the right reasons.

Also, I might be a great trollish curmudgeon.

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