When was the last time you did nothing and just let time pass you by without dwelling on any thought that fleets in your mind? If you can remember a recent moment you did exactly that then you are luckier than most people. In today’s world where there is an overabundance of distractions and busy is the new normal, it seems that only a few get to practice the art of doing nothing.
Doing nothing is often associated with laziness. But one does not automatically follow the other. The unwillingness to work or put an effort into anything and sticking to that mindset makes you lazy. But taking a break and using the time to enjoy the occasional stillness is a form of self-care. It is not sloth to give your mind and body a much-needed rest. And the best way to do that is to take at least a few minutes every day to stop any activity, quiet and try to empty your mind of thoughts, and just let your senses take over.
Being free from all thoughts and actions, even for a brief moment, can be a rejuvenating experience. You can start building and practicing by taking at least five to ten minutes daily to take a pause regardless of how busy everything gets. When you feel overwhelmed by the things you need to do, choose that moment to stop whatever you are working or worrying on. Do not hold on to any thought. Just sit it out, focus on nothing, and keep still. You might be surprised by how therapeutic the experience can be.