The Healing Power of Work

A few days back my neighbour strayed into my lawn with her tractor. I was upset that she was hellbent on ignoring the small fence I had put up demarcating the property boundary. The thought stayed with me just below the forefront sapping my mood. I felt stressed and physically fatigued. I was going through the motions but I was not there in spirit. I even took my family out to watch a movie. It was great while the movie lasted  but I slipped right back into my oldself after the movie.

That was on a saturday. Today is sunday and I could not be feeling better. No I am not on drugs. I just took action. No specific action I just started working on the yard. My spirits lifted, my fatigue disappeared and I was gloriously happy.

‘Action’ is the central message of the Bhagwad Gita. It goes as far as saying ‘Action is life, Inaction is death’. I could not have agreed more.

In Steve Chandler’s  “Re Inventing Yourself” a mixed work of powerful prose and distracted poetry ( read my review of Steve Chandler ) he quotes a scientific study conducted on two groups of Amoeba. A study that I will probably never forget. In the study a group of Amoeba were allowed to grow in the most optimal growth conditions possible. Another group suffered whipsawing changes in temperatures, and given little food. Surprisingly it was the second group that emerged stronger and fitter.

“Effort is Good Fortune” – Steve Chandler.

I think some of the reasons for why taking action, any kind of action, helps is that it raises your self esteem, it gets you pre occupied, it give you a sense of purpose (unlike vegetating in front of the TV) and it gets the blood moving.

So next time you feel the blues take up a worthwhile task and then check your emotional pulse for life.

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#1 If Not Now Then When on 03.13.11 at 10:42 am

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