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The Joy Diet: Nothing


Martha Beck writes, "…doing nothing is the most productive activity you will ever under take." (pg9 The Joy Diet)

I am going to be completely honest…doing nothing is really really hard.  Who knew that finding 15 min a day to do absolutely nothing would be so hard.  Seriously!  It took me until Wednesday to get into this and I only achieved it because I ended up walking on my treadmill in my basement with no one around.  So it was really not even a conscious effort on my part…it just happened.  And even when doing that my mind just would not shut up…so I just let my thoughts go.

I will continue on my journey to find the time to do nothing because I am not one who gives up easily…failure is not an option.  I wonder if my facial appointment this morning constitutes nothing…after all I was just laying there for an hour…hummm!!

we join spokes together in a wheel

but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move

we shape clay into a pot

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want

we hammer wood for a house

but it is the inner space

that makes it livable

We work with being

but non-being is what we use

~Loa Tzu, Father of Taoism


Next week for The Next Chapter: Nothing + Truth!


7 thoughts on “The Joy Diet: Nothing

  1. Oooo I definitely think the facial counts!! One of our fellow diet friends used her time in the shower has her nothing time! I’m starting to think I should’ve pampered myself more in my nothing time! haha See you next week! ❤


  2. I agree, it is very difficult. Maybe if we had meditation time when we were children, even if only for 5 or 10 minutes it would seem so much more important and necessary. I drag my feet when it comes time to do it too, so you’re not along there! Best wishes of success for you this week. Maree xxx


  3. we are so ingrained to think that we have to do so much. i am a huge fan of doing nothing though. once you get the hang of it, it becomes a lot easier and can even become addicting. at least it has for me. looking forward to the truth 🙂


  4. Good luck with continuing your journey toward a practice of nothingness… I think the desire to do it is the first step, and once you give yourself the power of intention, you will soar!


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