Concentration through Non-Action

I’m pretty sure that in the span of one minute, I can do about 10 things. My mind is in the habit of jumping so quickly from one thing to the next that I can’t really get any satisfaction from what I’m accomplishing; it’s all so hurried and piecemeal that there doesn’t seem to be an end. My desk is set up so that all I have to do is reach out my hand and I can be onto another task. It’s conditioning that makes sure that nothing ever feels complete. Ram Dass said, “This is a common pattern. In our fast-paced, modern culture, we’re often driven by degrees of urgency or anxiety that keep us from being fully present and enjoying life.”

Meditation, for me, seems to be the only way off the ride. If this week’s theme is concentration, then “wei wu wei” or non-action is the order of the day. I don’t need to constantly be doing something, interfering with and manipulating my environment.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu