Here’s a quick video explaining the difference between mindful action and mindless activity based on the book, Tantra, the Supreme Understanding by Osho.
“When action comes out of a silent mind, it is the most beautiful thing in the world. When activity comes out of a restless mind, it is the ugliest. Action has relevance; activity is irrelevant. Action is moment-to-moment, spontaneous; activity is loaded with the past. It’s not a response to the present moment; rather it is pouring your restlessness, which you have been carrying from the past, into the present. Action is creative. Activity is very, very destructive; it destroys you, it destroys others.” – Osho