You could say this has been a year of anti-multitasking for me. Single-tasking? Unitasking? Even the internet is struggling to come to terms with – and to find a term for – what has become an absolutely essential spiritual concept for me: that a single-minded spiritual focus accomplishes infinitely more than trying to do it all (or be it all) from a material point of view.
Spiritual unitasking - What it is:
Spiritual unitasking - How it's done:
As often happens when I blog, I learned as I wrote. I came up with a humorous take on the Adam and Eve myth, illustrating that when we start from a spiritual rather than a material premise we won’t live lives of perpetual reaction to problems but will be fully functional, progressive and productive.
I stepped back completely from everything that needed doing and prayed, leaving the list with God, seeking a single spiritual idea to light my path. It came; and that idea became the backbone of the Association meeting. My writing was inspired by it and the French article reflected that inspiration. More blog posts followed effortlessly. Those blogs became articles and the basis of a new lecture. The same idea fueled radio interviews and inspired healing treatments. My practice and teaching work received a big boost from this single-minded focus.
I ate, drank and slept with the idea that came through my prayer until another spiritual idea came. Then I ate, drank and slept with that one – ultimately accomplishing more this year, as human measurements go, than any other previous year.
To me this means that God gives us seed (the spiritual idea) and brings it to fruition (bread, or meets the need). God also multiplies our seed (the spiritual idea) and assures that our work bears fruit everywhere (everyone eats bread, all needs are met).
Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, points out our relation to our inexhaustible divine Source: “Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.” (p. 250) And she later observed the effortless productivity of God’s creation: “The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.” (p. 516)
"Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God..."
What a divine idea to light the path and accomplish much good.
No, I am neither cooking a turkey nor hosting the dinner; but I deeply appreciate those who are. As a recent unitasker, I value that I can focus on my work while through the efforts of others I may still enjoy celebrating with family, friends, and strangers -uniting at the table to give gratitude to God, the Source and creator of all the good we know.
Here is a link to a post written earlier in the year about "doing it all." And for those of you preparing for family gatherings, if you would like a laugh and something important to consider, check out this blog post turned article that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, titled, Holiday Preparedness.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all.