The stress, fear, doubt and tension here all come from an attachment to the outcome, to how things will turn out.
The first place to start is with the ancient meditation of compassion and loving-kindness.
Most of us procrastinate, based on habits we formed as kids and teenagers.
When people think about choosing work that’s filled with purpose, they often do it in one of several ways.
It turns out to be one of my favorite simple pleasures: coming back home and clearing things out and cleaning things up, and generally getting back into my healthy routines.
What would open up in you if you knew for a certainty you were going to do this thing you love today? Even if only for 30 minutes?
The idea comes from haiku poetry, in which the poet is limited to three lines and (essentially) 17 syllables. Such a crazy limit, and yet the poetry that can be produced is often very powerful.
There are thousands of variations on these, but the main theme is that things didn’t go as you’d hoped, and that causes disappointment, guilt, stress.
What if we could turn on that vacation mind, immersed in the warm ocean … in our everyday life?
Can you imagine giving something your full focus, so that it is like standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon? That is a devotion most of us very rarely give ourselves to.
The first thing to ask yourself, if you’re procrastinating, is: “Am I tired? Do I need to take care of myself?”
We know it well: the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it all.
You have a million things to do an not enough time to do it all? Not a big deal: pick the things you can do, and get to work.
How should I combine having one clear main project for this year, while also doing lots of other things I want to do?
We crave that feeling of connection and intimacy with others, and seek it in online social networks, but it’s lacking.
Imagine having a mind like that — it doesn’t get attached, it doesn’t need things to be a certain way