This old Zen proverb is a reminder that sometimes our best choice is to do nothing.
It’s also an invitation to do less and become more.
A feature of our full-on lives is that stopping to do nothing for a few minutes is a slightly scary concept. If we have a moment to sit down, away from work, we tend to reach for our phone or tablet, check our messages, listen to a podcast, read or catch up in some other way.
Non-stop mental and physical activity is unsustainable. All research evidence confirms that our mind and body need to recharge. And yet we keep pushing on through.
Take a moment today to sit, with intention:
On a bench or chair, preferably outside, that you can come back to every day. Sit comfortably, rest the soles of your feet on the ground, rest your hands on your thighs, keep your back fairly straight. Either close your eyes or softly gaze at a spot 2-3 meters feet in front of you.
Breathe gently in and out through your nostrils. Focus on your breath entering and leaving your body.
In giving yourself permission to stop and be with your breath, you’re re-syncing your mind and body.
You’re gaining inner composure so you can be clear.
Remember: stop and sit, you’re worth it!