The Art of Doing Less

December 01, 2022 Lillian Bridges

Everyone is just so busy and I'm trying hard not to keep up. Actually I am just trying to "Be" more.  And it's hard to do that in a world where everyone else is going really, really fast. I've gone fast for most of my life and have written countless lists of things to do - most of which did get done. But I'm done with that for a while. I'm taking a break - not from working or doing. I just want to do things slower and at a pace that is more in line with my body's natural rhythms. I still write those lists, but I put off a lot of things until tomorrow or whenever I can get around to doing them.  

In Chinese Medicine, there is a concept called Yang Sheng, which means nurturing or nourishing life.  I'm attempting to nurture myself in the best possible way - by listening to my body as it tells me how it wants to interact in the world. Strangely, I don't want to interact as much as I used to. I'm feeling a bit reclusive, which is a good thing when you are a writer.  Soon, however, I will start up with some travel to teach and I want to maintain my equilibrium while also with jet lag and staying in strange places.  

As it says in the the Nei Jing - the Yellow Emperor's Classic, it is wise to go to bed at the same time each night, wake up the same time each morning, eat at regular times, It encourages that you live a consistent life, but that's actually much harder to do than you think! 


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