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The Disease of Being Busy

Lately I have come across three articles in one week about being busy as a disease, in three different magazines. From all of them, I see that this "busyness" is not just about continual movement and doing several things at once, as in multi-tasking, but about a particular chemical that gets released in the brain - dopamine - when a sense of satisfaction from completed tasks rushes through the bloodstream. This is no longer psychological but chemical. And - like any addiction - it takes deliberate attention and focused presence to actually stop and be flooded with the chemical feeling of drivenness without continuing to "do." It takes coming into the present to stop the momentum, but even that is not easy to do.

The Chinese character for "busy", shown here, is a combination of two characters: one for heart and one for death. Yes - "heart-death." Read that sentence again. I will be writing more about this here, for I am struggling with it myself, now that sabbatical is over and work is beginning again.

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03.03 | 17:19

Laurie...I might have my copy and will look for it. Otherwise...order from Amazon.
It is beyond inspiring. I will let you know. It's on kindle too.

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03.03 | 16:53

Hi Brenda, I would like to read The Choice. Where would I find a copy?

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12.02 | 11:09

Your imagery is intensely complimentary to the text deepening an infusion of wisdom. Thank you..

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01.02 | 10:03

I am grateful, Brneda, for your generous encouragement based on your own experience and quests.

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