Sunday, May 22, 2011

Doing what we cannot do

"You must do the thing you cannot do. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” --- Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the most difficult things to "do" is to "do" nothing at all.

Try it now:

  • Can you decide to take 30 seconds or 1 minute for yourself RIGHT NOW to practice Non-Doing?
  • Can you stop looking at this screen and just sit with yourself, Be with yourself, not doing anything else?
  • Stop now and try it.  Then come back and read on.


Were you able to do it?
Did you stop for the suggested amount of time when suggested, or are you still reading this without having stopped? 
If you didn't stop, why not?
What is there to lose?
What might there be to gain from trying the experiment?
If you didn't stop yet, here's another chance.

  • Stop now, and practice Non-Doing for 30 seconds - 1 minute before reading on.


If you chose to practice Non-Doing, what was it like?
What thoughts and/or feelings came up?
Were you able to continue "doing nothing" for 30 seconds - 1 minute?
Did that seem long or short?  Easy or difficult?  Pleasant or unpleasant?  Neutral?
Might this be something good to practice throughout your day?  Why?

Why do you think people tend to resist this practice so much? 

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