This morning, I read an article on how and why to stop multi-tasking. It talked about how multi-tasking appears to be beneficial, but actually lowers our iq and wreaks havoc on our stress level.
On a regular basis I am doing at least 3 things at once, running around like a chicken without a head, convincing myself that I am actually being more efficient this way. And if you don’t know me, know this: I talk fast and I move faster. I have a LOT of energy so I get SO much done (just ask me). The author of the article took a break for a week and I was inspired. I’m going to do it too! Starting now.
There are stories of great yogis who were said to have the capacty to be in two places at once (see Autobiography of a Yogi) but I don’t think that’s really *multi-tasking*.
For the next week, I am going to do my best to do just one thing at a time. When the body stills, the fluttering of the mind becomes more pronounced. There is a great sutra in a translation of the Vijnaña Bhairava Tantra by Lorin Roche that helps me with this:
Yatra yatra manas yati tattat tenaiva tat kshanam parityajya anavasthitya nistarangah tatah bhavet
Set mind free to wander anywhere it wants, Follow any wave, surge in any direction.
The instant consciousness rests somewhere, Move on quickly.
Set mind free to think any thought, The very moment the thought springs up, Abandon it and move on to the next.
In this way, gain entry to the bliss, Of the mind beyond commotion
What’s funnier: that while I am doing research on multi-tasking after having decided to take a week-long break, I’m at a café eating a delicious sandwich and waiting for my tea to steep OR that as I was driving there, on the phone, I was wondering if that counts…
Your multi-tasking wonder. On a break.