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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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28.11 | 07:46

Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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22.11 | 20:53

Welcomed reading recommendations !

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24.10 | 21:40

and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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