One of my favorite stories in the New Testament is the one about Jesus visiting the home of a woman named Martha who was the perfect example of a “human doing”. As the story goes . . .
“[Martha] had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:39-42)
Various translations say that Martha was “encumbered” or “distracted” or “preoccupied” or “worried about her elaborate preparations”.
One of the most basic meditation mantras
is the ancient Sanskrit “so hum” (I am).
Many consider this to be the most powerful phrase that can be spoken in any language. Whatever words follow this are how we see ourselves on the deepest level and what we become.
In the Old Testament story of Moses and the burning bush, Moses asked God who he is. God’s reply is, “I am that I am.” Centuries later Jesus allegedly refers back to this when he says, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). My personal belief is that this simple statement applies to all of us. If we truly are “spiritual beings having a physical experience”, then isn’t there a part of us that has always existed and is begging to be nurtured during our time here on Earth?
In the book “The Power of I AM“, which is a compilation by David Allen of excerpts on the subject from many different authors, I came across this statement: “Spiritual man is I AM; manifest man is I will.”
It seems in our daily lives we get so caught up in “willing” and “doing” in order to make our way to whatever it is we’re wanting to have or become, we forget that the most important and valuable aspect of ourselves is the simple fact that we already are. There is nothing we must do in order to become what we already are at our deepest, most genuine level except to slow down, quit doing so much, and allow ourselves to release all the layers, like the skin of an onion, to reveal ourselves as we truly are and as we are meant to be.
It is then, and only then, that our activity — our “doing”
— becomes organically inspired . . .
. . . and thus more enjoyable and exponentially more productive in the long run. Our lives become much more balanced.
In an April 2013 post on the VimJourneyc blog, I read:
The difference between a Human Being and a Human Doing is simply choice. The Human Doing lives life as a victim doing things they should, should not, have to, must, can’t, and they are powerless regardless of their title or role in society. The hero is powerful, if only because they choose to be who they are and live their path and their truth.
Are you a Human Being
or a Human Doing
Are you like Mary, taking the time to learn, grow, become; or are you more like Martha, concerned primarily with getting things done, achieving, producing, accumulating? The choice is up to you. You can do both. The important thing is finding that right balance. I believe, though, that it all begins and ends with just being.
Here’s to better understanding ourselves and becoming truly passionate and fulfilled human beings!
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