A few years ago someone asked me if I ever did nothing. "NO!" was my answer. Of course I never just sat around! I was the one that got things done. I had goals. I achieved them. I was a go-getter and proud of it. It was unfathomable to me to sit and do nothing, for any amount of time.
Ok, that person was a therapist because my go-getter lifestyle was driving me crazy. All that running from one thing to another was really just a way for me to avoid dealing with the things that hurt me. I didn't know it at the time but deep down, I had a fear of stopping and looking at my life. Busyness gave me a way to feel good because I could list my accomplishments. But, I thought about what she said and I tried it. First, I just sat in a chair and enjoyed a sunny morning. Then, I slowly started to slow down.
Everyone has to take that first step if they want to calm down their life and find that little bit of sanity. I found a great website to help: donothingfortwominutes.com. It's genius, just a simple timer that runs for two minutes with some relaxing music. You could make it your homepage. Try it out and pass on to your friends.
And, if you are scared that doing nothing will take away your ambition, don't worry, it doesn't. Following a path of mindfulness fuels your ambition. It gives you more time and more creativity to do the things you want to do because you clear your life of all the junk that was sucking up your time and energy.
~ Jillian Avey, purelifemeditation.com