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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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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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18.03 | 17:38

Edith is our mentor and prophet for the times she knows we are trying to let go, be freed from whatever impedes growth,goodness and giving!

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14.03 | 19:26

Thank you Brenda for providing this resource. Your selection of books make fine companions on life's path, especially at this time.

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