It’a an opportunity many of us aspire to have, but when we receive it we often don’t claim it.
The opportunity to do nothing.
I don’t mean “do nothing I perceive to be productive.”
I mean actually doing nothing. Sitting still. Being.
Why do we resist doing nothing?
Cultural conditioning to be a striver and driver, to hustle or side-hustle.
The fear of being perceived as lazy or unmotivated, which stems from such conditioning about striving.
The fear of being left behind.
A combination of all of these reasons.
And, perhaps more than any of these reasons:
We’re afraid of what — or who — is we will meet in the silence.
Sitting in the emptiness of our being is harder than it looks.
And also, it’s a muscle that we can strengthen.
Like other muscles, it’s important to start with “low weights” and add to the load over time.
Try two minutes of doing nothing. At first this may feel like a long time. When you get comfortable with two minutes, add another two minutes.
Think of it like adding weights to your lifts.