Quote of the Week: Busy Like the Bee (or Ant)

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It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?

-Henry David Thoreau-

The important thing to remember is that most ‘busy-ness’ takes place inside of our heads. How much of it is self-imposed? How much of it is unnecessary? What is it, and why is it occupying the bulk of our mental space?

The answers often seem obvious before we actually take the time to think. Maybe they are simple answers to simple questions. Or maybe you’ll find something completely unexpected.

Thoreau’s words urge us to stay mindful. Return to home-base every so often, and just sit for a moment, even if it’s just a few seconds of mindfulness of breathing. From there we can examine the cogs turning, see if anything needs oiling or needs to be replaced, repaired or removed.

Wishing you boundless mindfulness and lovingkindness this Saturday.

By Terence Stone

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Chief Editor and Founder of Urban Spiritual, I’m a classically trained (and training) actor and singer living in New York City, who has performed in the U.S. and Europe. I’m also a writer, traveller, meditator, arts-lover, and well-being enthusiast.

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