I don’t know about you but I spend most of the day running. Running from one errand to another, from one task to another from one work project to another, from one conversation to another. Often times, I forget to eat lunch until I am reminded by my body–via a headache, stomachache or light-headedness. The days seem to fly by and I am caught up in the daily grind.
A couple of years ago, I began a training program to connect to the more spiritual side of life and per the program’s requirements, we were told to take some time during the day to just sit. Sometimes I meditated and other times I just sat quietly on my couch with my eyes closed…”doing nothing.” I used to feel guilty about “doing nothing;” I used to beat myself up about just sitting in silence, letting myself connect back to my Self. I would think about everything else I could be doing, sending one more email, throwing in one more load of laundry, getting dinner ready, making one more phone call.
And then after receiving “permission,” from my training program, I began to feel ok with “doing nothing” because my perspective changed and I realized that “doing nothing” was actually “doing something.” It sounds strange but it was almost as if I felt better knowing that it was okay to take care of myself in a quiet, calming way. “Doing nothing” was replaced by “doing something.” This “doing something” was big; it was energizing and replenishing. It was giving me time to be unplugged from technology. It was a relief to be “buzzer free” for even just ten short minutes.
So, I now say to you, permission granted. Treat yourself to ten minutes a day of quiet, sitting unplugged, relaxing in silence, listening to your breath. No expectations, no judgment, just solitude. It may take a while to get used to it. But if you stick with it, after a week or so, you’ll get in the groove, and then you probably won’t be able to imagine your life without it.
Go ahead, try it….you’ll like it.