Action is one of my main values in life, but it comes with a caveat. Namely, deliberate “non-action” is also considered action, and often - it is even more important than “action”.
Confusing? Keep calm and keep reading. This week, we will be focusing on not doing anything, but in a very special way. Join us in Telegram to discuss this.
⚡ The Action
Spend at least 15 minutes sitting in complete silence with your eyes closed, doing nothing.
🤔 The Why
“Meditation!” - I hear some of you scream, while others quietly say: “oh no, not this again”.
Other than the problem of me hearing voices in my head, we have this weird preconception surrounding “sitting around doing nothing” - to deal with. The Western world completely ruined it by not only associating it fully with the practice of meditation but also (as they always tend to do) by making it a goal in itself.
People sit around doing nothing (‘meditate’) because they want to get healthier, sleep better, have more energy, and all that good stuff that science promises we will get if we continue to sit around doing nothing for 15 minutes a day.
The only problem is that it defies the whole point of sitting around and doing nothing. If you are doing it with the purpose of getting somewhere, you are doing it wrong, and you are not meditating. Instead, you are working, you are being frustrated about ‘doing it right and getting ‘the benefits’.
Well, that is not the right way to sit around doing nothing, if you ask me. So, this week, let’s do it - because it can be a magical thing to do, and can get you to experience yourself in a brand new way (unless you set yourself that goal). Alan Watts spoke on this.
🧐 The How - Full Version
The goal of sitting around and doing nothing (maybe I should come up with some new term for this) is to experience the state of “not-doing”, and to let the world “come to you”. So, whatever you do - do not meditate, do not use some app, do not be guided, do not follow any commands and exercises, do not breathe in any specific way.
Get into a comfortable position and a quiet space.
Close your eyes.
Optional: set a timer for 15 minutes.
Sit around, and do nothing.
Have fun with what comes to your thoughts, your mind, enjoy it.
🐨 Lazy Mode
This should be right up your alley, my dear lazy friend. You have two options: a) do the 15 minutes of doing nothing once this week. b) Do this daily for five minutes. You can handle doing absolutely nothing, can’t you?
💸 Professional Application
Steve Jobs, apparently (I could not find proof) said this:
“When I’m at my best, 50% of my time is unscheduled. That’s the time I use to think, drop in on the people I want to speak with, and let my curiosity roam. It’s my time to be creative. Without this free time, I would never be able to stay ahead of the company. To lead a company, you’ve always got to be two steps ahead. There’s no way to lead a company from behind.” - Steve Jobs (Allegedly)
Having empty space, for thoughts, ideas, and creativity to come to you is an extremely important aspect of any professional career. Creating moments of sitting around and doing nothing, is a sure way to let ideas happen to you. Try it.
💖 Personal Application
Just like meditation, sitting around and doing nothing technique does provide all the benefits of meditation, but there is no cost. You don’t have to try, you don’t have to have an app, you don’t have to listen to mostly annoying voices, you don’t have to do anything. Just sit around and do nothing, and enjoy all the benefits.
It is also a great way to get to know oneself better and to uncover things that may be bothering you. My best ideas came from this exercise.