Approaching Accelerated Change from a Stance of Mindfulness as Opposed to Multitasking


When I first learned the term “multitasking” years ago I was thrilled. Do several things simultaneously! Get more done. Become more efficient and effective! In my family I am largely perceived as being terribly lazy but I always view myself as being hyper efficient.

Looking back on this, I think that one reason why I rushed so madly into the grips of multi-tasking and succumbed to its siren call was because of what I call the time deficit from the accelerated time period we live in. Years ago we had time to do the things we needed to do but over the last few years time has sped up and accelerated so fast that there is no way that we can get everything done that we were able to accomplish in the past. Each day now is like a month ten years ago.

In other words, accelerated time means that there is a time deficit where we have less time to do the things we used to do. We can respond to or address the time deficit in one of three ways. We can continue what we have done in the past and create a never-ending rat race for ourself (most of humanity does this by default more than conscious choice). or we can become more mindful and focus on doing a smaller number of the most important things; or we can try to multi-task and do several things at the same time.

Over time I have become less enamored with multi-tasking because I find in many ways the more we multi-task, the less focused and the more scattered and confused our creation energy becomes. So a few years ago – inspired by one of the best books ever written “The Power of Focus” – I promised myself that I would try to do more focusing and less multi-tasking with somewhat mixed results.

As with all wake up calls, the first one I received for multitasking was fairly mild but recently my soul has begun playing hardball with me on this. I ordered a recumbent exercise bike because I wanted to become more fit. With great excitement, I opened the large box and spent two very focused hours putting the bike together in between helping someone with a healing crisis.

The first two times I used the bike I was very careful and focused on the activity. Then I assumed I had mastered the art of recumbent exercise biking and I turned on the most recent episode of Castle, cranked up the playing of the new “Born This Way” recording by Lady GaGa in the background and I began madly biking away while juggling the Tivo remote control in my lap.

I felt fantastic when I got off the bike but two hours later I felt like I had been run over by a truck. Apparently when I was multi-tasking with the exercise bike, my posture had been off and I strained my back. So I spent a very painful week recovering and now I am very, very mindful indeed about using the bike. And I forgot to walk my talk in that I always advise clients to take baby steps when making a new lifestyle choice like eating better or exercising or getting more sleep.

So for the time being I resolve to release multitasking and live a more focused and mindful life – at least until the next multitasking temptation raises its ugly head.

About Spiritual Healer Bill Austin:

Bill Austin is an energy healing facilitator, spiritual teacher, artist, writer and visionary living in St Petersburg, Florida in the United States. Bill specializes in distance healing, spiritual growth, healing art and healer training. He is the founder of several Reiki and other energy healing modalities. He has trained healers in over sixteen countries and has helped people from all over the world to heal, grow, expand and realize more of their full potential. Bill infuses healing and enlightenment energies into healing art images and has created a line of self help books. You can click on this link to download a free healing ebook called: Vibrational Color Healing Art. He offers a number of free energy healing resources on the freespiritualhealing.com web site

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