Common answers to the question “How are you doing?”
Good, great, busy!!!
What if someone asked you “How are you being?”
Would you still answer the same way?
In an article on the buddish monk Sogyal Rinpoche, call busy an ‘active laziness’.
We’re “filling our lives with unessential tasks so we feel full of responsibilities or, as he (the monk) calls them ‘irresponsibilities.’
Humans are the only creatures on earth who can live in the past, present, and future. For all other species, the future is meaningless, the past is quickly forgotten, and the present offers plenty of time to deal with basic needs.
If you struggling to be in the present, then I advise to be in touch with who you are by asking at least once a day, “How am I being?” To make this even more practical, I suggest creating a ‘To-Be-List’ Here are some examples:
For me I found myself to be living in the present by spending time with my baby daughter. So I encourage you to live in the present, because only by living in the present you will be able to envision the future.
So how are you being?