A Reminder To Myself About Being Too Busy

2 Comments October 29, 2009 / Posted in Meditation, Mindfulness

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In the busy 24/7 world we live in I realize how easy busyiness creeps up on us. Before I know it I am caught up in a thousand and one things…and wondering: Why? How did this happen…again. Listening to Peter Coyote read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind the other day I was reminded about getting caught up in stuff, in excitement, in doing.

Buddha talked about what it takes to be a good ox-driver The driver knows how heavy a load his ox can carry. He does not overload the ox. You know your way and your state of mind. Do not carry too much.

This resonates with: A man of knowledge gains something each day. A man of wisdom gives up something each day.

In my car I always have one of the Peter Coyote audio CDs on Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind in one of the 4 slots. No matter where it is, it always have something pertinent to be mindful about. At other times, I flip thought the book and read a paragraph to bring me back to present moment.

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  1. Emma said on October 31st, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I apologize for picking on you, but your last paragraph left me wondering if you’d be better off practicing mindfulness while driving your car instead of being mindful about the audio CD. Perhaps not. I just feel strongly that driving is a rather important thing to be mindful about, as there are many opportunities to take your own life and others if your mind wanders.

  2. Ozzie Gontang said on October 31st, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks Emma. I agree with your observation, knowing the number of accidents caused by the use of the cell phone while driving.

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