Meditation in Action

Recently, I came across this quote from the Bhagavad Gita that I had tucked away in one of my journals. I’ve carried it around with me for the last few weeks and it’s such a great reminder of how easy it is to get caught up in “results”.

“You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.” Bhagavad Gita V.2 Ch.47

Now if we become anxious for results, we’ll experience anxiety whenever our results aren’t lining up with our expectations. We’re not entitled to the fruits of our actions.

The verse offers deep insight into the essence of work. The verse also gives four instructions regarding the science of work:

1) Do your duty, but do not concern yourself with the results.

2) The fruits of your actions are not for your enjoyment.

3) Even while working, give up the pride of "doership". 

This is the essence of meditation in action

4) Do not be attached to inaction.

This is the essence of meditation in action

We live in a world of "instant gratification" so this is a tough one for a lot of people (including myself). Personally, when I detach from the outcome, I actually get more out of doing the action.

Let your action be the action! That takes a bit of the pressure off, right?

What are you working on today? This week? Can you detach from the outcome?

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Bhagavad Gita refers to a Hindu scripture written about 2000 years ago. It is made up of 700 verses and many people refer to it as a poem or a song. It's considered a very important part of Hindu philosophy and literature.