There is a statement many are familiar with: “We are human beings, not human doings.” For mystics, and others, this statement though short on words, is long on meaning.
A human being is one who just is. He or she is one who lives in the moment and understands that all that really matters is that current moment. The past is done and cannot be changed. The future hasn’t arrived yet, but he or she knows they have no power over it anyway. So the current moment, and the concept of “being” in that moment, is all there is.
A human doing does not live in the moment. He or she is constantly worried about a past that can’t be changed and/or a future that can’t be determined. A human “doing” is constantly on the go, not taking the time to meditate or pray, and moving a hundred miles an hour so as to not have to deal with the demons from his or her past or future.
A human doing also cannot truly experience the Divine. He or she can experience the concept, or latch onto the idea of God, but since God is only in the here and now. The true experience of the Divine or, more importantly, reunion with God, is impossible.
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Scott Knutson is the author of “Thursdays With Death: How the Angel of Death Taught a Man About Spiritual Life, the Truth About Death, and the Importance of Krispy Kreme(R) Doughnuts”