I recently read an article in the New York Times about the “case for doing nothing” and it made me think — when do we, make time for doing “nothing”…not checking our phones, not watching tv, not making a to do list, just nothing.
It seems like a foreign concept even to myself, I realize the necessity. In today’s world we are constantly on. We have so many devices. We work way more than a 4o hour work week. We have to schedule time to see friends or get a workout in.
Our lives have become on long to do list.
So how do we do nothing? Easier said than done. It reminds me of meditation, when I’m sitting there trying to turn my brain off, and all I can do is think of everything else but letting go of my thoughts.
I can think of a few ways to try this concept, or consider it’s worth:
- Take a cup of tea or coffee to a park or beach and just sit and watch/rest
- Go to your happy place and take it all in.
- I know this sounds childish, but take a notebook and doodle, not draw, but just doodle
- Sit on your couch after work and just take the day in – don’t stress, worry, but just take it in and let it go
- Be mindful of where “you” are despite where you are physically
Let’s give this a shot right? Seems worth it to ensure we aren’t over-doing it every single moment of every single day.
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