"Gehlek Rinpoche has pointed out that there are actually two forms of laziness — one in which we are sluggish and procrastinating, and another in which we keep ourselves so busy that our world becomes completely gap-less. Within that speed we shut down our awareness of ourselves and our environment."
This sentiment was brought to my attention via David Nichtern (NYC-based meditation teacher) over the weekend and our teaching community has been buzzing about it since I passed it on. Take the two definitions of laziness into account as you start off your work week. I would suspect many of you are living "lazy" lives of the second variety. I am contemplating making some changes in my own flow based on this new wisdom. It really woke me up!
I share this wake-up call because I imagine it could be worthwhile for many friends and colleagues. How do you relate to the second definition of laziness? Does it surprise you to look at your life and realize you may not be accomplishing what you think you are? Would allowing yourself some "gaps" be a wiser path for you?
- TaraMarie Perri