“Are we human doings or human beings?” This is a question raised by author, lecturer and spiritual guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra. From the minute we open our eyes each day, we’re on the go—things to do, people to see, places to go. Listening to the news as we shave, putting on make-up while driving to work, eating lunch at a staff meeting, talking on our cell phone at the little league game. Being busy validates our existence. Multi- tasking seems to be the modern-day philosophy. We can’t wait to finish one thing so we can start the next.
One day runs into the next, one week runs into another. Before you know it another year has passed. Where does the time go? Don’t get me wrong. I’m in favor of achievement and living life to its fullest potential. But there is more to living than being busy. By becoming aware of your natural state of being, as described in meditation, you can bring that experience into your everyday activities.
It is in the being—not just the doing—that you can reveal your true self that hides beneath the doing. You can experience your genius self, your loving self, your appreciating self, your wonderful self who doesn’t always have to take himself so seriously. You may even stop identifying yourself by what you earn, where you live, what you do, and what you have.
Part of this “being” idea is to stay in touch with who you are while “doing.” This conscious awareness of who you really are can lend another dimension to everything you do. Instead of being swallowed up by the stresses of life, your sense of being can bring a calming perspective. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, your sense of being can help you maintain balance. Even your enjoyable experiences, such as watching a spectacular sunset or working in the garden can be enhanced.
As a human “being,” you can see yourself not as a mundane “do-er” in life but as a pure child of God, here to experience the wonderful connection to our Source.