Mindful moment… Everyday meditation
The Buddha is said to have declared that he meditated two hours a day, except when he was busy. Then he did double.
His counter-intuitive logic was that meditating helps us to do everything more efficiently, and the busier we are, the more essential it is that we sit still and do nothing. It's a hard idea to get your head around, but I have found it to be the case.
When we are running around like headless chickens on Red Bull, there's a fairly good chance we are wasting a lot of time doing things we don't need to do - and often doing them in a state of stress, which rarely results in clear thinking or good decisions. When the pressure is on, many of us half-do everything, hopping from task to task without giving any one thing due time and attention.
So now, when I find myself in that headless-chicken Red Bull mode, I think of the Buddha, have a cup of tea and take a deep breath. Then I take another one. And even after just 10 deep breaths, nothing feels quite as urgent as it did before - and somehow things just get done.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net