Can you do nothing at all?

doing nothing

Sounds like a weird challenge, but it is a lot tougher than you would think. At least for me it is. Sit still and just be. No TV, no instant messages, no iPod, no speaking, no reading and don’t even try to keep your mind busy. Wherever you are. At the park, in line at the store in the your living room – Can you just sit still and do nothing for five minutes or ten or even fifteen?

I am not very good at doing this. Being an entrepreneur my whole life has taught me to keep moving. Finish one thing, get on to the next and stay ahead of my priorities. In the west, we are conditioned to think that doing nothing is bad, so if we do nothing, we feel sort of guilty, but there is an upside to doing absolutely nothing. Being still makes the world slow down and re-energize. Lets you hear things that you didn’t realize where there. I am not advocating a life of inactivity…I love moving, but outside my meditations each morning I am trying to practice being still more and more each day. It is tough to resist the temptation to reach for my iPhone when there is a spare moment, but I am trying. It is worth it.



2 Responses to Can you do nothing at all?
  1. Jeremiah Stanghini
    April 2, 2011 | 19:23

    This might be only tangentially related to what you’re talking about here, but there was a site that made the rounds (via forwards) that had people “do nothing for two minutes.” If you type that into google you’ll find the site. It had people sit still for 2 minutes. There was an ocean scene (and music) and a counter that ticked down for two minutes.

    With Love and Gratitude,


  2. Eliot Burdett
    April 2, 2011 | 20:35

    Sounds awesome! Thanks

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