"Doing" As the New "Being"

In the New Age movement as I experienced it in the 1990s and early 2000s, it was heavily emphasized that we focus on being rather than doing. I had a highly respected spiritual teacher tell me that it didn’t matter what I did--it only mattered who I was being. I think this is another situation where it is an and, not an either or. 

Not actually doing what we need to be doing can give us a false sense that we are making a difference or making progress when in fact we are not— at least not to the degree we could be.

This idea of being over doing can go too far especially in the area of women making a difference in the world. This is not true of all women especially if you take a look at the surge in women’s leadership in politics and business--and women's hard work in the world overall. But for many women, staying in the thought of taking action in things that are important to their own evolution and advancement rather than taking the action itself seems to prevail. 

This is sometimes known as "analysis paralysis". Have you ever experienced that yourself? Is there some area of your life where you think about the action you know would benefit your life, your business, your relationships, your physical being--more than actually doing it?

Nike was on to something with its tagline "Just Do It". I suggest "Align With Your Highest Self, Get Help If You Need, Then Do It." I know, a little long--but you get the point!

Not doing it can be apparent in women who are in the helping fields like coaching, healing, serving, teaching, ministering. Many spend their time trying to figure out what to do, then getting overwhelmed, then thinking about what they should do, and ultimately perhaps avoiding what they know they need to be doing because it all just feels too big! 

There is a movement afoot for women to really claim their journeys, fully embrace their lives, and change the world.

Here are a few things my coaching clients (and I) have benefited from by doing: 

1. Hire a pro to help you where you feel stuck.
2. Stop avoiding the things you know you need to do but don’t like doing.
3. Make all decisions from an inspired, aligned place within you.
4. Use the feeling of what you’re wanting to accomplish as a guide and inspiration to get you there (as though it's already happening).

The time for pussy-footing around is over. Let's take those gifts of ours and get them out there in real time--and bring our wisdom to life!

Blessings and love,
Dawn Morningstar

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September 22-23
Women and Spirituality Conference
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Day Retreat--Self-Illumined: Living from Your Inner Light
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