Posts Tagged ‘tasks’

A nothing presence?

May 2, 2010

Life appears insurmountable more frequently than I want to admit. When I become fully engaged in living, far too many projects and their associated tasks pile up on my agenda until it threatens to topple over and bury me. I can see my epitaph now: “Woman dies beneath projects with ‘to do’ list clutched in hand – multitasking reportedly rampant.”

Humans are programmed to always be “doing” something. Many of us succumb to trying to do two or three activities simultaneously. Even as I write this, I am eating my breakfast. I cannot imagine a moment that I might look around and say, “Hmmm . . . nothing to do.”

But that is exactly what I need to add to my project list: nothing to do.

In his book Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn says that the objective of meditation is to do nothing. We know we will breathe (that’s doing something) and our monkey minds will go off in all sorts of directions no matter what. Kabat-Zinn says just to observe that and focus on our breathing – be aware of that involuntarily movement of air in and out of our lungs. It is still “doing” something but in a way that has no specific outcome, no goal, no finishing place to get to.

Both my shamanic forecast and numerology reports for the month of May indicate that “The creative energy this month is on the edge of being out of control” and “May will most likely be a very stimulating month.” Oh, dear. Time to get busy doing nothing.

©2010 by Barbara L. Kass