Apr 22, 2012

by English Muse

Hello English Muse readers! It’s Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea again. This Sunday I’ll be talking about the art of doing nothing.

Let’s get real here: I am awful at doing nothing. I get restless, I start fidgeting and then as if to make up for a bit of doing nothing I watch a movie and surf blogs, answer email and listen to music all at once. It’s not a pretty sight.

So for this weekend I’ve decided to chill out. Yes, I’m in Glasgow and yes, there’s loads to see. But I didn’t want to be running around like a madwoman trying to see everything in the two half days I actually have here. Yesterday I had a lovely (and sunny) wander around the shopping district and Merchant City and then I decided to do nothing in the evening.

This morning was… nothing again really. It was so refreshing to be lounging around doing nothing in particular without that nagging in the back of my mind telling me that I should get up and DO SOMETHING. Yes, my mind often shouts at me in capital letters.

I’m sure that one day with a bit of an epiphany isn’t going to make me much better at the art of doing nothing so I tried to think of ways to make this easier for me. My game plan, so to speak.

  • Spend five minutes each day doing nothing. No music, no computer, no tv. Just sitting and breathing.
  • Whenever your mind wanders to things you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing focus on breathing and close off.
  • Smile. A lot.

That last bit is important. Really, it is.

I hope you all have a wonderful – and relaxed – weekend.

Picture credit: 1 & 2.


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6 Responses to “The art of doing nothing”

  1. Raji says:

    Beautiful post
    Doing nothing should be enjoyed more, I think it makes for a more productive time when you have to do “something”

  2. Katie says:

    I do love the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh!

  3. Fantastic post! Some advice we all need to take – me especially 🙂

  4. RMP says:

    -The Art of Nothingness…

    Releasing your all to the all,

    becoming one and all without becoming at all.

    Being, without intention,

    without collusion or confusion,

    simply melting in a melting pot without sides,

    all times, stirring in silence,

    timelessness brought into the moment,

    staring into eternity through a single raindrop.

  5. Jo(ke) says:

    We are so very different. I excel at doing nothing! 🙂

  6. Mary says:

    Oh how I love this! Wonderful and so important and true.

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