“Sometimes we have little choice but to be busy – family life seems to require this of us. But at other stages in our lives, we need to ask, could we be burying ourselves in activity to avoid facing the big questions? Do we find it so difficult to cope with unstructured time that we set our lives up to avoid it? If this is the case, what is the price of our addiction to busyness? For many the price is a feeling of disconnection from those around them and from any chance of fostering the kind of families and communities that humans so profoundly need. Or the price could be disconnection from ourselves, addiction to stress or a failure to find joy in life.
We need to create some space in our lives if we want to progress along a spiritual path. Before children, when life became too troubling we might have thrown ourselves into our work, started new hobbies or lost ourselves in a social whirl – anything to distract ourselves from facing time alone with our thoughts. Now we are parents and in danger of neglecting our children if we chase these time-consuming distractions. We need to find ways to live in harmony with ourselves and our families.” (1)
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(1) p.193 buddhism for mothers – a calm approach to caring for yourself and your children Sarah Napthali