Do Nothing, the thought is intriguing to say the least.
It sounds relaxing and restorative, so lets delve into it a little more.
I came across this practice when I was going to meditate but was too stressed to do it.
So I just did nothing for thirty minutes. I just sat and did nothing, it felt good.
We never learned to do nothing because our society doesn’t value it.
When I’m doing nothing I feel calm.
Whatever arises sense wise, I simply take it in, in a non-reactive way.
Everything comes and goes, sights, sounds, thoughts and physical sensations.
As soon as I start paying attention to a thought, I remind myself that right now I;M DOING NOTHING, and the thought drifts away.
What doing nothing amounts to is to leave a little time for yourself everyday.
You say, “I spend time alone during the day.”
You are alone BUT you spend the time worrying about others, family and friends.
There is no time left over entirely for yourself.
Do Nothing is not revolutionary or difficult. In fact it is very easy.
Just put aside a little space devoted to yourself.
This is selfish?
Of course it is and justifiably so. You need to regenerate your engine or it will run down.
So, what are you going to do with this space?
This is your breather, a time to sit still and do nothing., JUST BREATHE.
You sit there, not doing, not worrying, JUST BEING!
You appreciate the pleasure of being alive in the present moment.
I find Doing Nothing a great way to purge myself of angst and worries.
Time spent doing nothing is very important BUT as soon as you complicate it, it loses something.
If you have a cup of coffee in your solitude, then it’s a coffee break and NOT a space just for you.
If you like to listen to music, then it’s a music break.
Do you see what I mean?
You have to keep your Do Nothing time pure and simple.
Someone shouts, “Hey, what are you doing?”
I reply, “I’m DOING NOTHING! Try it you’ll like it.”
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