I’m taking a class on “Reflection” and our first homework assignment was to do nothing for 10 minutes a day; no reading, no music, no magazines or emails, no chanting, no singing, no meditation even!
At first, I thought, Will I feel lazy? No, I’ll just be bored. How will I deal with all my thoughts?
During my first attempt, I simply stared at my cat who was sleeping in front of my fireplace. I had never really noticed how lovely are the markings on her face! And those whiskers – how they twitched and moved even as she slept, probing the air like antennae. Ten minutes were up before I knew it.
On day two, I watched a bird flitting about a bird feeder. I focused on the hopping motion, the play of light and shadow on wings, the soft sway of tree bones in the distance. I was mesmerized. Again, the 10 minutes flew by.
So, it turns out that I love doing nothing — at least briefly! It feels relaxing, restorative, restful, almost as if I’ve just taken a nap. I find myself connecting deeply with whatever it is that I’m watching. In fact, the time feels so luxuriously spacious that it takes a bit of effort to get back into doing something. Give yourself permission and try it for yourself. Let me know how it goes…