How To Stop The Glorification Of Busy

Recently, I shared Project Happiness’ image on my Facebook page that read, “Stop the glorification of busy”. The caption read, “NOTHING….is becoming rare and precious. Everything is hype, noise, desire, desperation, speed and greed. We in the modern world are good at ‘doing,’ but anemic at ‘being.’ Entertainment, busy-ness, texting while walking or even driving…’Efficiency’ is an addictive myth based on our fidgety fear of opening up. We can not ‘do’ properly until we can, first, ‘be’ fully. Practice doing nothing – then – we can accomplish…ANYTHING.”

The post resonated with a lot of people, and created dialogue. From California, to Pennsylvania, to New York, readers echoed a collective identification with the fact that we are a society caught up in “doing”, but not “being”.

How, in our efforts to make more, be more, have more, and accomplish more, did we become so out of touch with ourselves, that we have glorified busy-ness, and become anemic as vibrant beings?

It is important to accomplish, strive, be successful in whatever parameters matter to you, and do what’s in your power to attain happiness. But, what we need to remember is that, in order to attain happiness, all facets of our being needs to be nourished and nurtured. Yin without Yang cannot exist, and Yang without Yin cannot exist. In other words, our worlds are not unipolar, and do not exist only in one plane.

There are many planes to our existence. Some would say there are seven, others would say there are thirty-one. Among them are the physical, astral, and spiritual planes. When we spend too much time in one area, other areas suffer.

In this case, we get too easily caught up in the physicality of life: making money, feeling the sensations of our body (including pain and pleasure), seeing only what is physically in front of us. The reality is that we often miss what is unseen: our gut instincts/intuition/third eye, our links to others that may/may not correspond to our relationships we’ve had with them in previous lives, the way we are aligned with our heart that allows us to be truly in our power, and how our physical bodies are intertwined with our spiritual and emotional bodies. When we neglect to see our entire self as energetic beings who are in the physical plane, we feel like we are suffering, because we somehow do not feel whole.

So, how do we open up to all facets of ourselves? We do this by involving all aspects of who are, from all planes and levels.

One good way to do this is to take care of our physical bodies. Some ways to incorporate this physically are to:

  • Breath in fresh air
  • Oxygenate our lungs, blood, heart, and body with exercise to tone our muscles and support our bones and organs
  • Eat foods that are whole, vibrant, ideally organic, and nourishing to our body and mind
  • Take pleasure in the beauty of life
  • Strive to accomplish our life’s purpose

To cultivate our energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies, we can:

  • Meditate, Pray
  • Practice gratitude
  • Sing
  • Write
  • Play

And, to incorporate both the physical and the energetic bodies, we can:

  • Do Qi Gong to cultivate our Qi/vital energy
  • Get grounded by being in nature or doing activities that connect us to the Earth
  • Receive Acupuncture and/or Reiki treatments
  • Dance
  • Practice ritual and ceremony

These are only a sampling of things you can do to enrich, and reconnect with, your self. But the end result is the same – to cultivate your whole body on body/mind/spirit levels. And to ultimately, be in your wholeness.

What are your favorite ways to incorporate your whole being, so that all of you is enriched?
Let me know in the comments, below!

Here’s to being wholly,







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  1. Jocey
    November 11, 2015

    I have recently discovered your blog and find myself resonating with the posts you put up years ago. Being an Acupuncturist myself, it is easy to take of others but much harder to take care of myself. Reading you blog is helping me to re-prioritize and remind myself that I too am important. That I can’t pass on wellness if I am not well myself. I don’t know if you knew what kind of response your blog would get when you were writing these posts but I just wanted to share how much peace and validation they have offered me. They have also been serving as tools to educate my loved ones. In this field, we talk about “crazy” things but its nice to know there are people out there who realize the real “crazy” are the ones who ignore all the healing and spiritual aspects of this Earth and themselves. All caught up in their “busy” b.s.
    Thanks for writing!

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      November 12, 2015

      Hi Jocey,

      I’m glad you found me! I’m also glad to hear that you have reprioritized yourself. It means so much that my blog has been helpful to you. And, yes! I totally hear you on calling out those who are truly cray. 😉


      • Jocey
        November 12, 2015

        🙂 Have a great rest of the week!

        • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
          November 14, 2015

          Hi Jocey,

          Thanks, you too!

          In light,


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