Smoking - a symptom of the overactive doing mode
Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:40 pm
It occurred to me this afternoon that many bad habits, particularly smoking, seem direct consequences of the overactive doing mode of thinking. Years ago, when I used to smoke, I think it gave me moments of stillness - but these moments were really doing instead of simply being. I think the only way I allowed myself a few moments each day was to make them about doing something - smoking a cigarette - I would never have thought to pause outside the gates on my way to work to just breathe for a short while and watch the world go by. I don't smoke these days, but still my moments outdoors are often full of doing - running or gardening or walking somewhere.... I think I should make a deliberate choice to take some moments of stillness during my day.