Week 2: Keeping Busy, Getting Lost

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


We are also conditioned to stay busy, and always do something “useful”. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what we think is the correct way to spend our time. Maybe it’s time to try out a whole new paradigm for our lives and free ourselves from the need to “do” something.

I don’t want to say any more about this because I want you to come up with your own meanings. Look at my contemplation and the readings, especially “How To Do Nothing.”


Some thoughts about this upcoming discussion and topic from me (Wendy):

My recommendation is that you pick a day this week and just write about what you’re doing. Try to take a sliver of time and do nothing. Don’t judge what your nothing is. Describe it (after you’ve finished doing it!).

October 15, 3:30 pm:  I am sitting here doing nothing. Well, no, I guess I’m writing this. I was doing nothing, but just for a few minutes. It’s raining outside and I have a bit of a headache. I’ve done “stuff” today: got the place cleaned for guests coming later on. Painted a little (not very well), watched an online lesson from “Introduction to Classical Music,” meditated…dozed a little. Doing nothing for real is still not entirely attainable. Something keeps happening. The news, with it’s increasingly alarming headlines, is beckoning. There are books to read, people to respond to, a whole spiral of things to do if I put my mind to it. Do I really want to do nothing, or do I just think I do?

You may notice that I didn’t really describe the “nothing” part. I couldn’t figure out how. It was like trying to describe the empty space in a room. It holds everything, but is itself shapeless and amorphous.


Meditation helps retiree find her “encore”: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meditation-retirement-brain-health/

How to be alone

This is why you’re addicted to being busy: https://www.fastcompany.com/90388635/the-reason-behind-the-need-to-be-busy

Falling for Sleep:


How to Do Nothing (it’s long, and beautiful):

View at Medium.com

also, this:

One Square Inch:


also, this: a gift for you:

Zoom meeting: October 30, 7-8:30 pm


Recording of Class: link