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The Joy Diet: Nothing

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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! ❀

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  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

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  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 πŸ™‚

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  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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