Today was meant to be a day of complete rest at home for me which I have not had for a long time. Then I discovered someone had booked an appointment online before I had blocked it out.
So my day all of a sudden did not become a day of doing nothing. But, after I had seen the client, I went home with the intention of resting and “doing nothing” but then found myself catching up on washing, cleaning, mowing the lawn, packing up stuff, catching up on things and so on. As I was sitting down for a moment, I reflected on what I had done. It was definitely not a day of doing nothing 🙂 🙂 Doing Nothing is an art form and I had clearly not mastered this art form today.
Like anything it takes practise. 🙂
Sure, we all know how to do nothing. We all know how to lay around and waste time. But many of us are too busy to do it much, and when we do it, our minds are often on other things. We cannot relax and enjoy the nothingness. Well, that was exactly my experience today.
When was the last time you practised the art of doing nothing? Doing nothing can be a waste of time, or it can be an art form. So, how can we become mastered of this art so we can improve our life, destress and make ourselves more productive when we actually do work. Well, here are my suggestions as I have practised this art form in the past and it worked wonders. Doing nothing renewed my energy and made me so much more inspired and productive as I started work again.
First of all turn off all distractions — TV, computer, phones etc.. Doing nothing is hard when our communications gadgets are calling at us to do something.
Start small – 5 – 10 minutes at the start only is usually enough. Find a time and place where there are not many distractions, not much noise, not a lot of people to bother you.
Close your eyes, and do nothing!! Yes,nothing! Don’t even bother listening to your inner voice telling you, you should be doing something. just focus on your breath.
After 5-10 minutes of doing – nothing, you can stop & do something. Do this every day, or as much as possible, because it is not possible to become a master without practice.
I sometimes practise doing nothing whilst having a bath. this is wonderful! All you do it lying there in the comfortably warm water, perhaps with oils and bath salt.
There are many ways and places to practise this art form at.
The Art of Doing Nothing cannot be mastered overnight. It will take hours and hours of practice, of hard work (doing nothing isn’t easy!). But you will enjoy every minute of it! Try it today.
Pure wellness by doing nothing,
Karin Hagberg xx
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