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Monday, December 2, 2013

Try a “Doing Nothing” Monday

Sometimes it’s a great idea to be doing nothing!

On another Manic Monday, this thought seems too idealistic and improbable perhaps. But have you considered doing nothing? No meetings. No agendas. Just goofing off on a working day?

There’s a heavy downpour just now….as I write this! I have had a rough start to the day and to the week. So, I decided to do nothing for a while. I simply chose to hang around. As I paused to reflect, a truth about Life became more apparent than ever before. We are all so used to a frenetic pace of working that when Life slows down, as it sometimes painfully will, we think something’s wrong. And remain keyed up about the “slowness” of things.

However, a high-pressure week’s start is, I believe, a great time to revist and revive the art of doing nothing. Doing nothing here clearly means “not having any business to transact, or schedules to worry about”. But it doesn’t mean being unproductive. In fact, you can learn so much about Life without having to rush through it. You don’t even need to travel. You don’t need a resort. Even if you stay at home, choose to do what you would normally not have the time to do. Just examine your street from your window. Watch people passing by. Hear the birds. Listen to the music from the noise that vehicles passing by make. Feel the air in your lungs. Spend some time on the pavement. Or simply watch and listen to the music that the rain creates. Witness Life playing out in front of you. You will evolve and awaken more than you would attending a “vipassana” Program or a Silent Retreat. You will heal.

A Zen proverb says, “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” So, allow Life to slip into you, touch your soul and show you a glimpse of bliss. If you like it, do more of doing nothing. If you don’t, well, it is so simple__all you need to do is to rush back to rushing!

Here’s wishing you a magnificent Monday and a wonderful week…

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