We use the Chinese characters, 不忙, to represent the essence of this website. 忙, a Chinese letter meaning “busy,” is composed of two parts – the left character symbolizes “heart,” “soul,” or “spirit”; and the right character (亡) represents “to be lost.” Thus, “busy” in Chinese character translates into “spirit being lost.” In short, our busy way of being means spiritual loss. The other letter (不) means “not.” 不忙 is our mission and vision which is to remind ourselves to keep our spirit alive and awake.
When we say “being lazy,” we are not referring to the state of not doing anything or having breaks or vacations all the time, which many people may associate with “being lazy.” Instead, we define being lazy as emptying the need for a result with passage of time. We suggest that this new philosophy of time is an important component to attain a life that is slower, meaningful, and in turn, more fulfilling.
While this site is geared towards academics and academic families (e.g. faculty, graduate students, and postdocs), it is meant to go beyond and include those who want to slow down their “busy” lives to live a more fulfilling personal and/or family life. Through the resources we will share, we will problematize: 1) the exclusive priority of outcome-based actions over close attention to the process and 2) the exclusive focus on the mind over body and spirit. Employing the phrase, being lazy and slowing down, we intend to provoke the audience to include more “stop signs” or “speed bumps” in their lives to Be Mindful, Trust the Process, and Let Go of Outcomes.