Dear Ones, I watched myself in the throes of what goes on many mornings. I was trying to drink my morning smoothy while balancing some devotional books in my lap that I like to start my day reading and popping up to take clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer. They have a name for this. It’s called multitasking. I multitask all through the day as many of us do. It’s difficult to take any satisfaction in finishing one job and starting another when I’m almost unconscious of what I’m doing because I’m doing so many things at once.
It came to me that it’s very destructive to my peace of mind and enjoyment of life when I live like that. I don’t give myself my full attention to focus in the moment on what I’m doing. It’s how we can leave home, drive somewhere and wonder how we got there. It’s only in the moment that we can be aware of what’s going on around us, feel connected and hear guidance from within. If we’re focused on several things at once, there is no spaciousness to hear the inner voice that is always there talking to us bringing grace into our lives showing us how to enjoy the moment and feel connected to what we’re doing or who we’re doing it with – or even how to get the most out of whatever we’re doing.
For instance how much more nutritious will my smoothy be if I’m savoring it and really tasting it, feeling that I’m doing something good for my body. In that moment of really tasting and savoring, I increase the nutritional value of whatever I’m eating or drinking because my body can assimilate it better if I’m calm and not stressed.
How much more will I absorb and enjoy what I’m reading if I’m not popping up and down doing something else at the same time. I don’t have to go on. I think you get my drift here. Sometimes multitasking is unavoidable but as a way of life, it’s harmful to our body, mind and spirit.
My plan is to focus on one thing at a time and check in at the end of the day to see what the quality of my day was. I have a feeling it will be slower paced with more moments of inner peace, more happiness and a less harried way of being so I can receive “those touches that delight the soul” that Sri Aurobindo wrote about when he wrote “The subliminal mind receives and remembers all those touches that delight the soul. Our soul takes joy in this right touching by the Essence of all experience.“
Thank you, God, for breaking through and helping me to hear you speaking to me