Sloth is the most difficult sin to define and credit as sin, since it refers to an assortment of ideas, dating from antiquity and including mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. One definition is a habitual disinclination to exertion, or laziness.
Views concerning the virtue of work to support society and further God’s plan suggest that through inactivity, one invites sin. “For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do. Satan is the god of sin, the underworld and all things evil.”
The word “sloth” is a translation of the Latin term acedia (Middle English, acciditties) and means “without care”. Mentally, acedia, has a number of distinctive components of which the most important is affectlessness, a lack of any feeling about self or other, a mind-state that gives rise to boredom, rancor, apathy, and a passive inert or sluggish mentation. Physically, acedia is fundamentally with a cessation of motion and an indifference to work; it finds expression in laziness, idleness, and indolence. Two commentators consider the most accurate translation of acedia to be “self-pity,” for it “conveys both the melancholy of the condition and self-centeredness upon which it is founded.”
The way we see it, the programing from church have taken a fully natural and necessary behavior like sloth (read laziness) as sin. By making it a sin we stay busy, disempowered and work all the time – as we do not want to be sinners. When we are busy all the time we are not free to listen to our bodies and our own needs.
Instead we become depleted of energy which results in apathy and passiveness. We don’t care about ourselves and others, or the environment. This create a lot of unconscious stress which creates even more “dullness” and “sluggish minds”. It is a vicious and ongoing cycle. Therefore it creates its own polarity when being busy – we shut down spiritually and emotionally.
We shut down from our natural states and what is natural. Like we don’t care that there are popping up 4g+/5g masts everywhere. Or that we use facemasks and just throw them outside the bins and in nature. We sit there like sloths in front of the tv, watching main stream media and become even more unconsciously programmed and enslaved. We don’t question anything they say on tv. We get dull and sluggish in our minds.
Hence this become a destructive behavior for the individual as well as the collective. Our deep unconscious desire to please God – even if you don’t believe in God – makes us the sinners we do not want to be. It becomes a self-fulling prophecy.
What can we do about it?
Our solution to free ourselves from this unconscious program is to do the opposite. Allow yourself to be lazy. To rest. To do nothing. Still your mind. Shut of your tv and your phone and all the “outer chatter” that is going on and connect with nature. And read our book Holy F*ck and sacred Water and undertake our programs ….
Quote from Holy F*ck and Sacred water:
This text is an excerpt from our book Holy F*ck and Sacred water – The Secret Connections to Everything (Chapter 29):
“Leaves are falling each fall, but most of us have lost con-tact with Mother Earth and do not understand what that means for us and our own cycles. As we have lost our con-nection to the natural cycles – our own, nature’s, and the bigger ecosystems we are all part of – we ignore the signs we might get, which can lead to long-term diseases. How many of us have felt blue and almost depressed during the dark season, or know someone who has? There is a simple expla-nation for it. We are meant to withdraw, reflect, and let go of the old so we have renewed energy when spring comes. Instead, during the darkest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we are often more stressed and busier than ever. And we wonder why we create diseases and stress-related symptoms.”
How do you embrace your sloth?
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Be F*ckin’ MoRE – Become the Master of Reactivated Embodiment. Tora Zophia and Ulrika are transformational life designers and you can find them and their programs at: www.reactivatedembodiment.com
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