In Anita Moorjani’s book Dying to Be Me, she distinguishes between doing– motivated by mind and being- motivated by soul. She states “The difference is that the mind is more about doing and the soul is more about being.” She goes on to say “The intellect is just a tool for navigating through this life. It figures out how to make enough money to put food on the table and make the rent, while the soul only want to express itself.” So yes, we need both. The question becomes “Which gets primary attention?”
Sometimes, if not often, we stop listening to our souls. We may listen to our friends, our bosses, society, our families or our minds. We may even stop feeling our feelings.
“Blocking our feelings also breaks down our awareness of our own magnificence because emotions are a doorway into the soul. When we live completely from the mind over a period of time we loose touch with the infinite self, and then we begin to feel lost. This happens when we’re in doing mode all the time, rather than being. The latter means living from the soul and is a state of allowing. It means letting ourselves be who and what we are without judgment. Being doesn’t mean we don’t do anything. It’s just that our actions stem from following our emotions and feelings while staying present in the moment. Doing, on the other hand, is future focused, with the mind creating a series of tasks that take us form here to there in order to achieve a particular outcome, regardless of our current emotional state.” -Anita Moorjani, Dying to Be Me
In my humble opinion, doing is a set-up for suffering since there is an exclusion of our feelings and there is attachment to a particular outcome. Again both are necessary and finding that internal individual balance requires listening to one’s own heart and soul via slowing down, doing less and perhaps spending some quiet time in nature.
Wishing a daily gentle period of being!