In today's world, most people are action oriented, or "do"-oriented. We make plans, cross off completed items on lists, work several jobs, garden and raise a family. "Do-ers" are action oriented; it's all about getting things done. Studying your herb course lessons, seeing clients, making products, sending in your lesson tests, these are all "do" parts of your life.
When we stop to sit, rest, mediate, read a book, take a siesta or contemplate nature, we have moved into the "being" mode. Stopping to "be" makes something interesting happen. The right brain consciousness opens so insights pour out, realizations arise and understandings click. "Being" rejuvenates as it refreshes the mind and body. It's nearly impossible to receive such insights while in a "doing" mode. "Being" is essential to all levels of our health as well as to our creativity.
When overdone, "do-ers" tend to burn out, while "be-ers" get stagnant. Ideally, we both "do" and "be" throughout a day.
When I sit around too long, I lose energy so I don't want to do what needs to be done let alone what I want to do. So when I get lethargic like this, I take a walk. Movement not only ignites my energy, but my will and drive as well. It provides the needed spark to light my fires again into that "do-er" energy.
However, when I am too busy or even overwhelmed, I find that if I stop, become a "be-er," I realize what's really necessary, what I can drop, what I need help with, what can wait, what a situation needs and so on. In other words, I am much more efficient and productive when I rest because ideas come and realizations occur that guide my "doing" part of the day.
I find I need both doing and being in my life. As a driven person, I tend more toward doing rather than being, so when I turn into a "be-er," I am always surprised with its effectiveness. I now crave those "be-ing" moments and plan them in my daily life as well as take periodic spontaneous breaks. I find my life much richer now as a "do-be-do-be" person.
So which are you, a "do-er" or a "be-er"? How often do you follow up your dreams with actions? Or how often do you stop to rest and reflect?
Whichever you are, I wish that you find renewed life as a full "do-be-do-be-do-be" person in the New Year!