Sometimes doing nothing is necessary.
Clearing your schedule for the working day. Sitting by the ocean and listening to the waves. Appearing up at the stars. Running on a stroll alone, without your telephone. Meditation. Yoga. Sitting in silence in your bedroom. Breathing. Listening. Absorbing.
When was the last time you did? Nothing, in the sense of actively inducing day for yourself without a scheduled activity, without constantly checking your email or text, without letting yourself be distracted by everything you’ should’ be doing or the next item on your to-do list?
When was the last time you focused without being confused with twenty other things? Without letting your intellect wander to what’s coming next, or what you might be missing out on? Without checking social media, updating a status, posting a photo for your followers to see?
The art of doing nothing–this is something I’ve been striving to grasp lately. Since I moved to California, I’ve learned to slow down. I’ve learned to abandon my crazy Midwest roots from time to time and just let life happen, rather than try to plan or control it. I’ve learned to let things go to bringing myself peace. I’ve learned to be patient.
But I’m still working on doing nothing, on the intentional quietness of my mind, on find balance between a busy world and a soul that simply assimilates .
Doing nothing, frankly, is an art. We have to abandon the typical go-go-go mentality of our daily lives and learn to be content with where we are. We have to stop rushing from one thing to the next and take time to simply be. We have to turn off our cell phones, stillness our notifications, minimise our distractions so we aren’t constantly plagued with what everyone else is thinking, feeling, doing, in any given moment.
In a world that’s so comfy with the fast-pace, with grabbing all that we can, with get the next thing, and the next after that, doing nothing feels like being still. It is like being stagnant.
It feels like we’re going to miss out on something, like we’re not going to be as far along as our competitor if we stop, even for a second.
Doing nothing allows your intellect to clear and refocus. It allows your busy spirit to remainder, to rejuvenate. It greets and allows ingenuity to flow. It gives you space for reflection on all that you’ve accomplished, and awards you a much-needed violate before kick-starting the motivation again.
Doing nothing is never that simple, never actually staring at the wall with a blank mind, but it’s the purposes of the act of being intentionally focused on rather than rush that strengthens you.
The time you set aside to simply slow down, to be present, to without concentrates on what’s coming next–that’s what defines you free. And also what inspires you to move forward.
And then begin.
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