One of my favorite spiritual teachers is Eknath Easwaran.
In his book Words to Live By, he says:"To achieve our highest potential in life, we must cultivate the capacity to carry through. Activity is not achievement. It is not enough to rush about beginning a lot of things and keeping busy. A well-spent life is one that rounds out what it has begun. The life of a great artist or scientist is usually shaped by a single desire, carried through to the very end."
I read and reread this paragraph, asking myself,
"Do I carry through?"
"Is it too late, or was I meant to be great at something?"
"What do I most desire? Where am I wasting time?"
"What if I focused on just one activity, which would it be?"
All my unfinished projects flashed before me.
I laughed, because the picture of my head exploding on the yoga mat
is the opposite of what yoga does for my mind. Since yoga,
I focus heart and mind deeply in whatever I'm doing now.
Admittedly, I try to do a lot, and might benefit from some time cost/benefit analysis.
I hope to create joy and inspire creative, balanced well-being
and positive imagination. For now, I do this through teaching yoga, through
a variety of arts, and through being who I am. My process is rarely linear,
and I may find I'll accomplish the most by letting some things go.
I'm not done yet. Time will tell how I round out all I've begun.
Where can you do less activity to achieve more?