Doing Nothing May be Everything
Updated: Aug 16, 2019
Today as I struggle to write a more conventional post about some meaningful topic, I am motivated to write about "nothing!" For a long time I felt uncomfortable when I could not/did not want to do much, or when I had only enough energy to do what seemed like a small task. I then started realizing and accepting why I had only so much energy or motivation. My focus shifted from berating myself for what I couldn't do to being grateful for what I could do. I found myself being more present for and enjoying whatever I was able to accomplish.
With the passing of time, spending lots of time in regular reflection, focusing on relaxation techniques, and practicing meditation, I have become more and more comfortable with longer periods of inactivity. I started noticing that in those moments quieting my mind during sitting or some repetitive exercise, I was able to connect with a more positive sense of myself and my surroundings; I naturally shifted from feeling anxious, impatient, or fearful to sensing more peace, hope, joy and love. Sitting and observing Nature's creations as well as walking in beautiful natural settings have added an even deeper layer to my connection to positive feelings and thoughts. As author Doe Zantamata simply explains, "Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective."
I have written poems and songs, started writing papers, felt inspired to reach out to someone, and come up with constructive ideas for teaching, writing, etc. while quieting my mind, embracing doing nothing, and diminishing the need to be busy or to see the external results of my time and efforts. Suspending thoughts during meditation, basking in the quiet, and embracing those moments of inactivity without speaking or thinking allow for restoration of the mind, body and spirit. It is in this void, in the nothingness, we are restored and begin to touch the heights of what we are capable of in our minds and hearts, to connect to our souls, to touch the face of God. This is what "Be still and know that I am God," from Psalm 46 means to me.
Maria Soto Santa beautifully reminds us to "Take a break. Be still. Breathe. Stop constantly trying to do more, be more. Attempting to fill your schedule with things that you can put on your resume or that will make this life slightly more interesting. Constantly we are competing with the beings we were yesterday, trying to be better people today. We constantly forget the importance of being still. The importance of pressing pause from our hectic lives." It is in the stillness, the void while doing nothing, we become restored and discover inner treasures!