What’s wrong about idleness?
In most cases, nothing!
Of course you can argue that there are many cases in which idleness solves nothing like:
- just staring at your computer screen at work while you should be handing in that report
- sitting in the couch for hours while your dog barks for food
- postponing house maintenance to the point of damaging your property
But the truth is that most of the time we are the opposite of idle, just for the sake of busy-ness:
- you should be sleeping, but you can’t stop thinking
- you planned to have a relaxed evening, but can’t stop checking your smartphone ever 2 minutes
- you should be eating lunch to regain focus and energy, but end up eating at your desk while working on some meaningless task
Meditate instead. Make meditation a daily practice, and with time you will find it much easier to be idle.
Whenever we practice meditation or mindfulness we try to be as idle as we can, just for the sake of it.
Try it yourself today with these 3 easy steps, taken from our article “How To Meditate In 3 Simple Ways“:
- Simply sit down, relax, and take a deep breath.
- Put your full focus and attention on your breath, and notice how it feels when you breath in. Hold it shortly and breath out again.
- Wait a short while before breathing in again, and repeat for as long as you’d like – but aim for at least 10-15 minutes.
There you have it. Get started today, and embrace the idleness!
“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”
– George MacDonald
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