Why should you make the effort to do nothing?
While it feels like that personal productivity has run its course, most of today’s societies still lay an undue importance on being busy and efficient. Doing nothing is frowned upon, it’s all about “go go go”, do much, cover the distance, achieve your milestones.
While that approach certainly has its place, I’ll be the “devil’s advocate” and lay my case for laziness.
Sit in your garden/balcony/public park and watch the sky. The birds. The wind blowing the trees. Observe the colours of the flowers, the ground, the pebbles and the stones. Take deep breaths. Taste the air, the sunshine, the rain – the cycle of nature that brings us life, that is in its wholeness part of us and that we’re part of.
Sit and listen to music. Move if it moves you, feel as it makes you feel, let it all in, into your heart, your body, your mind. Lay back, pay attention or don’t, sing or stay quiet, turn the volume up or keep it down – but turn the world off.
Take naps. Sleep in. Go to bed early. Stay in bed after you wake up, think back to your dreams, watch your family, how unique and beautiful they are, how you’re all a unit and separate individuals, no matter the age.
Stay silent. Listen to your thoughts, the stories they whisper, let them flow like a river around you. Float in their stream. Let them take you wherever their path goes, watch the worlds they show. Let go of judgement, expectation, distraction. Let them be ugly, painful, loving, clever or daft – they are what they are in the moment.
Be who you are in that moment by doing nothing. It’s not laziness – it’s magic.