Has anyone ever told you that you are doing too much? If so, you may have responded to the sentiment with a variety of different emotions or reactions.
The first one, perhaps, would be outright dismissal, the reaction that is commonly referred to as denial. This is the most typical reaction to observations or information that we do not understand, are not open to receive, or do not wish to hear. In a world filled with an infinite number of different belief structures and perceptions of reality, it is actually quite often now that we are confronted with information that simply does not fit or seemingly contradicts our own definition of the universe.
Often we identify this sort of reaction with radical groups or extremists whose interpretation of events is ‘wildly skewed’ from that of the rest of the world. The supposed finality of a viewpoint held by these groups as the only possible and acceptable perspective attempts to negate the validity of any dissenting opinion. Yet, we actually see this quite often in our society; in politics, in dogmatic religious institutions, in topics such as gay marriage, or even which sports team is the best.
If you find yourself stuck in a perception that allows no space for dissenting opinions, or furthermore you choose to be offended, attacked, or insulted by said opinions, you are doing too much.
The second response could be one of bewilderment. What does that even mean, ‘doing too much,’ one may ask? In living life, in every moment, we are constantly confronted with a series of choices. Each choice is a cause the yields a new effect, which then becomes a new cause for another possible effect, ad infinitum. In any given experience, we have a choice of how we define the incoming information, which affects how we perceive the information, which will then influence the action that we take.
Now, we always have choice. Some of us have the tendency to absolve ourselves of our choices, to neglect that we have the ability to choose how we experience our reality. If you ever used the expression ‘made me feel,’ then this is referring to you. This is the mentality of one that has put their power outside of themselves, one who chooses to be a victim, or one who has absolutely no idea the choices they are making that influence their state of being.
When hard experiences happen in life, or we are unhappy with our circumstances, we have a tendency to cast blame outside of ourselves. This accomplishes nothing. We need to recognize that we are always contributing factors to our own situation, in what actually happens and in how we respond. Our choices have lead us to where we are, and only through our choices can we get to where we want to go.
If this resonates with you, I invite you to look at the choices that you are making/not making. In this case, you may be doing too much and not even know it.
The third is one of that comes from a space of conscious presence and awareness, and that response is acceptance. Am I doing too much, and what does that mean? It means that I have allowed my ego mind to make decisions or choose perceptions for me, and in doing so I am out of balance. The Toaist concept of wu wei refers to action through non-action. This means that a choice I can make is not to act impulsively and rashly from my ego mind, but to choose non-action and not to emotionally react to any given information.
I am not here to ‘do’ with my mind, but to ‘be’ from my heart. This means that I am constantly anchored in the present moment, and that I allow myself to feel. I don’t try to intellectualize every experience, I instead strive to emotionalize my experience. I do not force things into being, instead I ‘be’ – I consciously choose to emanate the vibration that I wish to experience in my reality. The action that I choose to take is to allow the universe to flow, and in doing so I attract this energy to me.
In this case, we know that instead of doing too much we need to do nothing. We choose to be here now, to be in flow, and take action from this state of being. Action taken from the now moment is attraction, as we choose to open and shape the universe in concordance with the highest harmony of All That Is Now.
On your journey, know that you don’t need to do too much. Be easy, be love, and enjoy the ride. As always, with gratitude and unconditional love.