Whew! That headline was hard to write. But it’s true. Tomorrow I’m going to practice the art of doing nothing. “Art?” Yep, in a world of constant stimulation and connection, knowing how to do absolutely nothing is most definitely something you practice and eventually master.
The principle first caught my attention while reading Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and then again reading the Good Vibe blog. At first I thought, “Pfft! That’s easy.” Then I dug deeper and realized “doing nothing” meant no reading, no writing, no gardening. Whoa. “They” really mean nothing.
I’ll admit not writing down my thoughts and observations is going to be hardest of all. My kid will be joining me as well. We’re starting out small – one hour – and after that we’ll practice daily for 15-20 minutes. An interesting exercise in being present that I hope teaches us both something.
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