Everyday we’re buffeted wildly by whatever emails, conversations, news, events, demands, that are going on around us. Our minds become a constant deluge of thoughts dwelling in the past, worries of the future, distractions pulling us in every direction.
But all of that melts away when we focus on just doing.
It doesn’t matter what the doing is: witting, walking, writing, reading, eating, washing, talking, snuggling, playing. But focusing on the doing, we drop our worries and anxieties, jealousies and anger, grieving and distraction.
There is something profound in that simplicity. A Zen proverb goes: When walking, walk. When eating, eat.
You are in the middle of your day today, and you’re caught up in the sandstorm of thoughts, feelings, to-dos, meetings, readings, and communications of this day.
Pause. Breathe. Let all of that fade.
Now focus on doing one thing, right now. Just choose one thing, and clear away all other distractions. Seriously, clear it all away. Turn off your internet. Let all thoughts about anything other that the doing also fade away. They’ll come up, but gently make not of them, and then let them go. And return to the doing.
If you’re washing dishes, do it slowly, and feel every sensation. If you’re eating fruit, taste it, feel the textures, be mindful of your hunger or lack of it. If you’re writing, become the writing, inhabit the words.
The rest of the world becomes meaningless distraction. It’s just you, and your doing.
And you realize: this is all that matters. In this, there is everything.