Week 2: Keeping Busy, Getting Lost

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

Introduction:

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.”

Contemplation:

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.

Readings:

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

How to be alone
https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/03/how-to-be-alone-school-of-life/

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:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-cure-for-insomnia-is-to-fall-in-love-with-sleep-again

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

View at Medium.com

also, this:

One Square Inch:

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also, this: a gift for you:

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

https://zoom.us/j/99204823

Recording of Class: link