The universe of a single task

Great article below. Don’t rush through life!

Breathe. Focus. Enjoy. And, most importantly, relax and smile!

The universe of a single task.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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10 responses to “The universe of a single task

  1. njengland@comcast.net

    Thanks, Stan. I needed that and you caught me at the right moment. For someone who leads and “uncomplicated” life, there’s an awful lot of busy work. Ther ehas to be more to it than this — and it leaves me falling asleep in front of the computer, or, if I get that far, the TV.

    The message sounds very much like it might have come from Shao Lin. Nancy

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    • Yes, Nancy! Actually, the term “Zen” is Japanese for the term “Chan,” which IS Shaolin Kung Fu. Most Westerners don’t recognize “Chan Buddhism,” or are freaked out by the term Buddhism, so they lean toward the term Zen.

      But from the history I’ve read, Chan came first. And I’ve read several tomes on both, and to me, Chan seems deeper and more effective, than Zen. But, most Westerners avoid Chan and seek Zen, despite the fact that my reading of the matter shows there’s no difference!

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  2. Great piece, thanks for sharing that.

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  3. Everything in life as it’s own specialness, but to see it, one has to look for it.

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  4. Funny, just read this Zen Habits email in my inbox. Love that guy…he is so insightful. I love it when his posts pop up for me to read. They always soothe my spirits.

    “Make the task your universe” is something I’ve been working on for about a year now. Solely focusing on one project at a time has been very successful for me…and so much less stressful!

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    • Yeah, he’s awesome, and you totally motivate me. Between the yoga and all the other Zen-like things you’re going after — and writing about — it’s all pretty awe-inspiring to a guy like me who’s trying to slow down in life, as well.

      I hope your Mom is doing well, and that the move and packing isn’t stressing you too much. You definitely have a lot going on right now, so make sure you’re making time for Yoga and remembering this quote from Chan Buddhism: “How long is our life? One breath.”

      Plenty of deep breathing, trying not to let it all overwhelm you, and be super sweet to that Mom and husband of yours!!! Sending positive thoughts your way as you deal with it all!

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  5. It’s always a delight to find exceptional writers on wordpress. Thank you so much for sharing your craft and for bringing tidbits of mental intrigue to the world! I’m very grateful to you!
    All Of My love,
    ~xoxo

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