Maybe you have heard of the distinction between doing mode and being mode, which is often used in mindfulness practice. The terms refer to different states of mind that are both helpful in different ways. We use our doing mode to get things done: finishing a project, preparing dinner, paying the bills. For all of these activities we need to plan ahead and schedule our activities or to do’s. The advantages of this mindset are obvious: we wouldn’t get very far if we were not able to think about future events, things we want to accomplish, and learn from things that have happened in the past. There is, however, also a potential pitfal to this doing mode. It easily keeps your mind busy all of the time, leaving you no time to be aware of how you are feeling, no time to to check if you are well or not. This self-neglect can lead to worrying and feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
So how do you know if you are stepping in the pitfall of doing mode?
- Do you find it difficult do focus on what is happening in the present moment?
- Do you tend to travel to your destination without focussing on what’s along the way?
- Do you feel as if you are running on autopilot?
- Do you constantly rush through things, without paying attention to what you are doing?
- Are you focussed on you goals so much that you are losing concentration on what you are doing right now?
- Do you think about the future or the past all the time?
- Are you easily stressed and irritated?
If you recognise many of the above, you might be in the doing mode more than is helpful to you. Would you like to learn a way to bring your mind in the being mode and be more in touch with how you are feeling? Our next English mindfulness training starts in April 2017!