Being and Doing

There is great confusion in our culture between Being and Doing.

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We are a Do-Do culture translating Being into Doing. Language itself is a doing-tool or technology. The discussion of Being is problematic because the doing-ness of language is itself an obstacle to Being.

Being is.

Being does nothing.

Being exists outside of ordinary time.

Being is not definable.

It could be said that Being is the context of life where as doing concerns itself with the content of experience.


We are born with Being. The growth of Being is sacrificed for the growth of doing. Being is imbued with enlightenment and happiness. Being is the essential core of the self.

The growth of Being includes ego, but when ego claims Being – being is lost.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ——” from the Declaration of Independence.

“the pursuit of Happiness” is reflective of a doing culture and puts happiness into a future and could reflect happiness as a commodity.

Meditation is one way to begin to access and cultivate Being. I’ve practiced Vipassana Meditation, though a deceptively easy technique – very difficult to maintain. The word “Vipassana” means insight into the true nature of reality. The technique is sitting in a chair or cross-legged on the floor / pillow with eyes closed, the mind focused on the effects of the breath on the body as one breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth.

What happens as the technique is practiced are interruptions from our stream of consciousness, verbal or image thoughts which are on-going whether we pay attention to them or not. Meditation or other spiritual practices help to quiet the content of the mind to allow Being to emerge.

Being allows emotions that are inherent to spiritual lives within our physical bodies to emerge so that we may experience what has always been there often buried by the temporary whims of ego based emotions based on doing and having. Love, compassion, peace and enlightenment are our Being-Birthrights. Even negative emotions when experienced from Being-Consciousness are treated with compassionate neutrality.

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