For some reason, we hate doing nothing.
It’s inherent to think that if you’re not being productive and receiving a result on efforts, you’re wasting time. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget there is a purpose to doing nothing.
Doing nothing energizes you, refreshes, and allows time for deeper thought. It’s the most basic form of meditation.
The key to doing nothing is to do exactly that. Meaning put your headphones away, turn the TV off, escape outdoors if you have to. It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re doing nothing when in fact, you’re still multitasking!
Last week I ate lunch at the park. One day after eating, I laid down and closed my eyes for a good half an hour. It was a stressful day and I was dreading having to finish it. But this little break of doing absolutely nothing, listening to nothing but natural noise, completely re-engergized me. I faced the remainder of my day. I don’t always have time to do this on my lunch break, but I know the option is there.
So relax at the park, the couch, the floor, the bed, wherever you find peace and close your eyes. It’s amazing what doing absolutely nothing can accomplish.
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What do you think about doing nothing? Do you agree that it energizes, or do you think it’s a waste?