Multitasking is Overrated and Over Valued


About once a year, when I am not paying attention and my mind is a million miles away, I make a quick movement  as I bend down to pick something up and “Aargh”,  I strain my lower back.

About once every 3 months or so I’ll be in a hurry to work out and get my reps over with – not  paying attention to the movement of the weights in my hand, nor the movement of my muscles, nor the movement of my joints and “Snap” I sprain a muscle.

Every so often I will not sit and breathe, practice my Qigong and rush off into my day and I will come home with a tightness between my shoulder blades (it’s where my body holds stress)

It was one of those weeks this past week.

3 quotes from Buddha’s Little Instruction Book by Jack Kornfield helped to  realign my thoughts so I could realign body (or is it vice versa? ? ?)

Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care. (pg 48)

When you walk, just walk. When you eat, just eat. (pg 65)

Stay centered.  Do not overstretch. Extend from your center, return to your center. (pg 69)

4 Responses to “Multitasking is Overrated and Over Valued”

  1. 1 Sara
    February 24, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I agree with this immensely! Multitasking IS overrated. It keeps you from living in the present moment. I try not to multitask at all anymore for exactly that reason. Thanks for sharing John!

  2. February 24, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Multitasking might just mean not paying attention to the task at hand. When we can stay present with our selves, then any task, no matter how complex, is just the task at hand. When we’re not present, then even walking down a street can feel like multitasking. Even while writing this comment, I watched my mind wander around to other “tasks.” Yikes!

  3. 3 Marcy
    February 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I l;ked this post, John. You may want to check out “The Myth of Multitasking” by crenshaw.

  4. October 5, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Well stated. when I ride my mountain bike, as I’m about to do, I am riding my bike. It’s my meditation. We are human BE ings, yet we have become human DO ings…

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Live'n Aloha on Maui.
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February 2009


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