Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything. - St Gregory of Nyssa

Monday, May 20, 2013


Interesting article. DH and I were discussing being too busy just the other day. It seems as though we see each other only on the way to dropping exhaustedly into bed. We are changing that, so this article caught my eye. via The Nester.

Consider this Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy:

1. Realize that being busy is a choice. It is a decision we make. We are never forced into a lifestyle of busyness. The first, and most important, step to becoming less busy is to simply realize that our schedules are determined by us. We do have a choice in the matter. We don’t have to live busy lives.

2. Stop the glorification of busy. Busy, in and of itself, is not a badge of honor. In fact, directed at the wrong pursuits, it is actually a limiting factor to our full potential. It is okay to not be busy. Repeat this with me: It is okay to not be busy.

Number 6:

Cultivate space in your daily routine. Take time for lunch. Find space in your morning to sit quietly before starting your day. Invest in solitude, meditation, or yoga. Find opportunity for breaks at work in between projects. Begin right away cultivating little moments of space and margin in your otherwise busy day.

These are all great suggestions. As an Orthodox, solitude and meditation on the Holy Trinity, Holy Scriptures, Icons, and the lives of the saints is good -- I reject the practice of yoga, because the practice of the positions was built for specific spiritual goals. Said much better here:

“All the four Vedic Samhitas refer directly or indirectly to the yoga system and the yoga traditions. In the first three Samhitas there are direct as well as indirect references to Yoga.
But the ATHARAVAVEDA gives the clear conception of Yoga describing the eight mystical circles (Chakras) and the nine gates of the human body – the golden sheath and the mystical wheel containing the thousand spokes. Therefore, it may be held that the Vedic seers and sages were aware of the nature, importance and implication of the practical aspects of Yoga.”
That being said, I tolerate Orthodox persons practicing yoga: in other words, I cannot judge them. Their practice is between them and their priest.

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